Saturday, January 30, 2010
The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going. John 16:18-21
When we lived in Delaware, my mother would travel over to see us by Ferry. She would pay to be a walk on passenger - about five dollars then - and we would drive from our house to pick her up -about an hour drive. It was a great way to travel, except when the seas were rough. One year she was delayed coming to visit in early February for her birthday. They had to shut down the ferry, which runs year round, because of the storms. Folks who live on the water know when it's too rough. She got on the first boat after they were sailing again and she was the only foot passenger so had to board with the hand full of cars. They were wonderful and careful with her as she trailed behind the six cars that were loading into the car bays below decks. She has known many storms and many rough passages and taught us all to pray in all circumstances.
Jesus' disciples were seasoned sailors but were out of their depth. The seas were too rough and they were caught by surprise. Even more scary, Jesus came walking to them through the storm. Here was Jesus, right where they needed him, at the right place and time, and they were taken aback at first at his presence. Then they were glad to take him in the boat, and everything was calm when Jesus was around. Jesus comes in the midst of our delights and dangerous storms, to all the places from where we call out and all the places we don't invite. God is there, despite our invitations, neglect and fear.
Today, I want to remember to call on God in every thing I am doing. Scary and wonderful, I want to remember to invite Christ into the everyday, so that I can see and know the presence and be calm. Present all the time, our prayers open our eyes to the loving presence of a loving God. May we offer our prayers in storms and challenges, in joy and celebration, knowing God is always more ready to be revealed than we are to see the blessing.