We kicked off our first evening class of the fall yesterday. It has been quite a while since the evening class has worked out and my hips were shouting at me. But my heart was eager to share about the sweet, sweet love of Jesus.
Psalms 113:109 tells us the Words of the Lord are sweet to our soul, sweeter than honey to our tongue. We gain a sweet relationship with Christ through communication with Him…through His word. Oh, there is much to learn…even when the stories are familiar.
My mom’s pastor (who is also the very person who officiated my wedding) was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his esophagus last week. It was a shock to him, his family, and the church he has been shepherding for the last 22 years. But as I listened to the sermon he delivered this past Sunday, God spoke directly to me and I wanted to share with you.
Jesus had just finished feeding the five thousand. He made evident His goodness to all the people around and to His disciples. He showed His provision when there seemed to be none. He filled those who were hungry with physical and spiritual food. He provided a place of rest on the green grass. And then Jesus left to go away alone into the mountains to spend time with His Father.
Now the disciples couldn’t find Jesus but knew that prior to the feeding that they were suppose to be traveling by boat to another place. So not sure of where Jesus was, they got into the boat. It was dark and they were rowing to get to the opposing shoreline. Then suddenly a storm came. I am sure they were scared, I would have been. But then they saw someone walking towards them on the water, and they got really scared.
Now, it was pretty impressive that Jesus was walking on the water but I want to focus on what happened after that.
John 6: 20-21
20 But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.
Jesus said to them…do not be afraid and then He got into the boat. He didn’t turn around and walk back to where He came from. He didn’t magically appear on the shore. He didn’t calm the storm or suddenly make it light. He didn’t even walk beside them… HE GOT INTO THE BOAT.
God is good and life is sweet with Him. Why? Because He gets right into our “boat” with us. When we are afraid, when we seem lost, when it is dark. and when a storm suddenly is upon us….Jesus doesn’t just make an appearance and leave…HE GETS INTO YOUR BOAT!
We need to know that Jesus is sweet when life is plentiful and that He is sweet when the storms come about suddenly. We can be afraid but we must trust and know that Jesus is right there with us. He is our greatest passenger and He is in our boat!