Tuesday, April 26, 2016

John 6:17-21 -- On Darkness and Krakens

"And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.
And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.
So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.
But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.
Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went."
John 6:17-21

Christ's disciples started towards Capernaum, and they had gone a little over 3 miles.  It was dark, the wind was crazy, the sea was acting up, and here, in the dark and the wind, someone is *walking* on the turbulent water, and getting close to them.  I'd be afraid too.  Sounds like a horror movie, or a kraken trying to sneak up on you... err, actually, that would be a horror movie too.  Nevermind.

Anyway, they were understandably afraid... what could be coming towards them on the sea in the middle of the night?  And instead of a horror movie, it was Jesus, and then, when he had gotten into the boat, instead of being three miles out, they were instantly at the far shore.

I think our lives are a little like this.  Sometimes we're out rowing, and it gets dark and windy, and we are afraid and unsure.  We look out and we imagine the worst: ghost krakens are out there waiting to crush our little life rafts.  But even in the midst of our tortuous journey, trying to reach our destination in the darkness and winds of our worst fears, Christ meets us more than halfway.  We recognize his voice, and he turns our nightmares into the slumber of safety, and our horror movies into superhero triumphs.  He teleports us our of danger and we find ourselves safe and whole and okay. :)

Sometimes we forget the nightmares, and that's okay... but let's try not to forget how God saves us, over and over and over again, from our fears and doubts and weaknesses.  Let's turn to him even in the daytime stillness and peace, and thank him for all that he does for us.  And when we're ready, let's work on helping others face their ghost krakens too, by calling on God, and trusting in his voice.

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