Scripture: John 6:16-27
Key verses: (16-21) When 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.
Reflection: Cards are the preferred game of choice for our vacation. This year, both children learned some pretty cool card tricks that delighted and amazed us all. After seeing one, I knew I had it figured out. I called them on a few moves but I was wrong. In the end, I still cannot figure out how it happened and was more in awe of my children.
The story of the feeding of the 5,000 and Jesus walking on water are miracles we often want to dissect to find out what happened. With the feeding of the 5,000, I imagine followers so inspired that they take out their lunch and share, so that there was more than enough to go around. Others might be set on seeing the miracle of Jesus creating enough bread from one small meal. In the end, the how is not as important as the why. Why was there more than enough to eat? People were hungry and Jesus fed them. He loved them and wanted them fed.
On the sea, Jesus saw the fear and offered peace through his presence. Scripture is full of stories and promises of God’s abiding love, providing food and presence when we are afraid. God provides.
These stories are life rafts. These are stories of providence. Scripture is shot through with images and promises of God’s providing, abiding love, promising to feed us with abundance, to be with us in the storm. God will provide.
God does not promise a life without storms or even hunger. However, God promises abiding love. Continuing presence. Peace. We can be secure in God’s love which stretches further than we can begin to imagine.
In the scripture we see Jesus walking on water to guide the disciples in the moment of fear. Even as the day is yet to really begin, I have seen Jesus in the love that surrounds a friend as they face an unexpected death. I have seen Jesus in the midst of the worries and the wondering of parents taking students to college. I see Jesus with me as I worry, speaking peace. I see Jesus feeding people, showing them that the love, support and community are there with them, just as God’s presence is there with them. I see Jesus blessing us all in surprising ways, feeding us. We go into our day with the good news that Jesus is the source of peace and God is near
Prayer: Even with the wind and storms threaten to overtake us, remind us of your presence God. In our hunger, nourish us with your good news and a hope that will sustain us all of our days. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].