Daily Devotion Saturday, February 1

Saturday, February 01, 2014 – Psalm 122; Genesis 18:1-16; Hebrews 10:26-39 and John 6:16-27

John 6:16-27 – 16When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

Here are some things that I’m not sure about in this reading. Did the disciples set off on their own instead of waiting for Jesus to join them? Did Jesus tell them to go on? Not sure. I’m also guessing that they got about half way across the lake before Jesus came to them and then as recorded here in John they immediately reached the other side. Seems to be a couple of miracles in this reading; Jesus walking on the water and their immediately reaching land.

I’ve often set off without waiting for Jesus to come along side me. This was a huge mistake each and every time. It’s hard to wait. It’s hard not to push on. Yet in each instance I can remember getting a sense of Jesus coming unto me, unto the group and saying “it is I, do not be afraid.” Then with His guidance and His steering us, we reached our God given destination.

This all happened early in my ministry as me and my youth group set off for a retreat at Mo-Ranch in Texas.  I was in Odessa, Texas at the time. It’s about a 300 mile trip. Well about half way, we stopped for water, restrooms and to gas up.  One of the youth got out of the vehicle he was riding in and got in another to visit with friends.  Well, we all got done and back in our vehicles or so it seemed.  Well, we took off to finish our trip. Drove about another 150 miles and arrived at Mo-Ranch. Getting out of the cars Steve’s brother said; “where is Steve?” I was tired and didn’t want any joking with me. He said it again, and I said “where is Steve?” We’d left him at the gas station. Called back to Odessa, no cell phones in those days and my senior pastor said he was now at a motel and I could go back and pick him up. I learned a lot of lessons that day. Should have taken a few minutes to double check and make sure everyone was out of the restrooms and in their respective cars.  Saving grace, Steve was a senior boy and not a freshman girl.

When you encounter the troubled waters of life, watch for Jesus coming unto you walking on the water.

O God, thanks for being there for and with me. Thanks for coming unto me the many times I’ve experienced trouble. Today, may I seek to wait upon your coming unto my side, before setting off on the journey of this day. Be with Mackenzie as she gets to spend a day with Grandma and Grandpa as we attend a meeting of the presbytery. May we pay attention to her as well as gain from the classes we attend. Amen.

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