Mark 6:47-48 [NLT], "Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, "
After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, not counting the women and the children, after the disciples had gathered the broken pieces that were left over, after He put them in a boat and sent them across the lake, he retreated to the mountain to pray. It is interesting how the gospel of Mark points out, He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the winds and the waves. For a moment here you think, the son of God will be touched to rebuke the storm from where He is but no! About three o’clock in the morning Jesus comes toward them walking on water. We have no idea how much time had elapsed between the time when Jesus saw that his disciples were in serious trouble and the time he came toward them walking on water. But here’s the most absurd and interesting bit, He intended to go past them!
Wait, like seriously Jesus? We are here struggling against the wind and the waves and you want to go past us? I’m in this boat because you put me in here and now the storms of life have encompassed me to the brim and you want to walk past me? My relationship boat, the one you put me in ain’t working like I thought it would and you want to walk past me? My business is crumbling, my marriage is on the rocks, my YouTube channel has only fifty subscribers, ten years since you called me Lord and my ministry hasn’t grown as it should have, I’m wallowing in debt, I’m struggling academically, my finances are down, my children are rebellious, I am jobless and you want to walk past that?
See; here’s the thing about this walk of life, storms are part of it, struggles are part of life but whenever we face storms, our first instinct is to cry out to God to deliver us and as if that isn’t enough, we sit down and strategize how to get out of that storm, how to fix the situation. The common question both Christians and non-Christians ask is, “why me Lord?” But have you ever for a moment took a pause and asked yourself “if not me, who?”
There are storms in life, like Job’s situation that God is not in a hurry to deliver us from. There are battles you must fight, there are storms that God leaves for us to wrestle with. God permits the toiling and the twisting for a purpose, don’t get tired. Listen, there are two possible outcomes in a storm. Either God will calm the storm or He will calm you down. Rich people, poor people, black folks, white folks, learned folks, illiterate folks, single people, married people, democrats, republicans, everyone got a struggle. We are all in the same boat. You don’t get to the other side without a struggle. The struggle is real, but so is God. So, child of God,caLm down!
See contentment doesn’t mean a lack of ambition or aspiration. Contentment means making peace with the process, trusting the process. If it is going to take a time out in my relationship for me to learn how to love her right, I can do it. If it will take moments of me being broke so that when God blesses me materially, I will know how to treat people who don’t have, with dignity, then I can do it. If it will take me moments of rowing this boat of life through the storm without complaining so as to build some muscles of faith then I can do it. That is what “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” means.
What’s your attitude like when you are in a storm? Because
Child of God, The Struggle Is Real!