Mark 4: 35 Later that day, when evening came, Jesus said to them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” 36 They left the crowd and took him in the boat just as he was. Other boats followed along.
Before they joined Jesus to get to the other side, they HAD to make a conscious decision to leave where they were.
Why does it have to be so difficult?
Why does HE have to be so difficult?
There he is. Jesus. With those who followed him most closely. They had been watching him, no doubt! They had the opportunity to see him heal the sick, love those whom no one else loved, and they’d heard him give glimpses of what the kingdom of God would resemble.
After a day of teaching he was ready to depart. So – being “just as he was” with no prior preparation, etc. he called the disciples to go with him to the other side of the lake. Surely he knew what that trip would be like, so once they departed he settled in for some rest.
What has to be present in our lives for us to settle in for some rest?
Assurance of where we are going . . .
Knowing how we are going to get there . . .
Knowing who else is around us so that we can easily get to the other side . . .
By the question Jesus asked after they woke him up in the middle of the storm, it is clear to us that we need “faith” in order to rest, as we travel to the other side.
Faith in the power of God that was with them in the boat all along!
I hope that we will be able to look at where we are in our own journeys:
- Are we on the dock looking out at the sea?
- Are we holding on to the hands of the people in the boat so that we can take a step down in the boat so we can begin the journey?
- Are we in the middle of the lake with the waves crashing in the boat and we are feeling helpless?
Are we the ones who have made it through the storm, we know God’s power prevails, and now it is time for us to be the hand reaching out, guiding someone to get to the other side?
Wherever you are in the story, let us prepare to engage fully in the journey seeking rest and peace as we travel to the other side. Also – let us cling to our faith!