Fear not, for Jesus calms the storms we encounter


A Stream of Faith
By Charles Westbrook

“But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost.” — Mark 6:49 NIV

Jesus had instructed the disciples to go across the lake to a town called Bethsaida while he took time to go to the mountain to pray. The disciples were in a boat in the middle of the lake and having trouble using the oars because the wind and water were against them. Jesus saw they were having trouble guiding the boat and as the storm got rougher they couldn’t handle the boat. They began to call Jesus for help.

The disciples saw Jesus as he was coming out to meet them, but they thought he was a ghost because he was walking on the water. They didn’t realize who he was and were afraid. (I wonder what we would do if we saw a person walking on water coming towards our boat.) Jesus knew they were afraid so he spoke to them. “Take courage! It is I,” Jesus said.

Jesus knew that the disciples had doubts and were afraid. I find sometimes asking myself if I have enough faith that if I saw someone walking on water that I wouldn’t be afraid of what I see. Would I question myself? What would you do? Who knows what we may say or do? How would we accept it?

Soon after Jesus and his disciples arrived in the town of Gennesaret, people heard that Jesus was in the area, and he could heal those in need. They came from towns and communities from all around. The people brought people on mats and other means on. Everyone knew what Jesus could do for people who came to him with their sickness and afflictions. The people even asked if they could just touch his cloak, and all that touched him were healed.

Are you ready for healing by Jesus? He is still healing. All you have to do is ask and he is ready to help you. Fear not because Jesus has everything under control. He’s healing and providing for us and taking care of everybody, all we need to do is trust Him because He loves each of us.

Fear not; put your life on his shoulders.

Westbrook is a member of Pearl United Methodist Church and a regular contributor to the “Advocate.”