Daily Devotion Friday, February 1st

Friday, February 1, 2013 – Psalm 88; Isaiah 50:1-11; Galatians 3:15-22 and Mark 6:47-56

Mark 6:47-56 – 47When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. 49But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 50for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” 51Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

This morning I’m reminded of the song; “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” sung by Simon and Garfunkle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjNgn4r6SOA

I really enjoy days when the waters of life are smooth and it’s smooth sailing. Those are good days. Yet, along with the good days comes some difficult, stormy days. The disciples had just experienced Jesus feeding the 5,000 (smooth sailing) and now were crossing the sea. Jesus wasn’t with them, he had sent them on ahead of him or they took off without him. My sense is he had sent them on ahead. A storm came up, the sea was rough. Jesus saw this and began to walk on the waters toward them. I’d sit up and take notice if in the midst of a stormy sea one came walking toward me. They cried out, thinking it was a ghost. Jesus said; “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

At one time or another, we all find ourselves caught in the midst of the storms of life. May be a storm personally affecting us, family members, church or good friends. I believe Jesus comes to us in the midst of the storms of life, but because our hearts are hardened by the storms or by fear we don’t sense His holy presence or hear him say; “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Today, I’m going to be seeking to hear Jesus saying to me, to my family members, to friends I know; “Take heart, it is I. I am in your midst, I am with you; do not be afraid.”

O God, first and foremost, may you calm the hearts of those who are troubled by assuring them that you are with them and will see them through the troubled waters of life and on into a new day of smoother sailing. O God, you are our bridge over troubled waters; you are the one who creates new days. Amen.

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