“Mom, the lightbulb blew out,” I announced as I walked into the room where she was.
“No, there’s nothing wrong with the lightbulb,” she responded.
“I don’t understand,” I frowned. “Then, why didn’t it come on?”
“The lights got shut off today,” she said, with a somber look. Back then, our family was rich in love, but not material things.
“Oh,” I muttered in a barely audible tone, as my eyes shot down to the floor. I knew what that meant. We were a little short on cash that month and it was time to break out the candles.
As night fell, a blanket of darkness draped every room in the house. As a young teen, darkness made me really, really nervous. My youthful imagination ran wild. I was sure the Boogie Man was going to hop out of a closet any minute and attack. The walk to the kitchen and bathroom felt especially long, and rather menacing by candlelight. The dancing flame made shadows move and it enlarged the creepy looking black figures on the walls, and ceilings.
Everything had an ominous feeling.
And it was hard to make out anyone’s features. I didn’t like seeing just the whites of eyes and teeth.
A few of my brothers, who thought it would be a perfect time to scare their siblings, emerged from the shadows and yelled out, “Boo!”
When I nearly jumped out of my skin, they burst into laughter, amused with themselves. Before growing familiar with their shenanigans, I was convinced they were ghosts, just as Jesus’ disciples thought He was a ghost during a storm in Mark 6:45-52.
It wasn’t long after witnessing the Master miraculously feed five thousand with two fish and five loaves, that the apostles parted ways with Jesus that night. You see, earlier, the Savior was informed that John the Baptist, His forerunner, the prophet that came before Him, and prepared people’s hearts to receive the Messiah, had been beheaded.
Upon receiving the terrible news of John the Baptist’s assassination, Jesus tried to get away to a remote area and pray. But the multitudes tracked Him down. Even though He didn’t really want to be bothered, the Bible says, He had mercy on their souls, healed them, and fed them. Afterward, Jesus, who was feeling introspective, told the disciples to get on a boat. He wanted them to head to Bethsaida without Him, while He stayed behind to pray.
But in the evening, Jesus noticed that they had run into trouble whilst in the middle of the sea. According to Mark 6:48 NKJV, “Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them.”
The conditions weren’t favorable. The storm had arisen. Their own strength was not enough to fight the force of the current. The wind was against them, but the Lord was for them.
He loved and cared so much about the disciples, Jesus came rushing to their rescue. He didn’t have a boat, so He headed toward them in a spectacular way—by walking on water. God did the impossible just to save them. He defied the laws of gravity to deliver them in their time of distress. He divinely intervened in such grandiose fashion, it scared the disciples.
When they saw Jesus, this dark figure, headed in their direction, doing what man cannot do, they thought He was a ghost. In their minds, there was no other explanation.
Honestly, you or I probably would have thought that, too!
Had they known it was the Savior coming to rescue them, they wouldn’t have responded so fearfully. But they couldn’t recognize Him in the dark and in the midst of the storm. Yet, He recognized their struggle.
The same is true in our lives.
In hard times, when it gets dark and conditions are unfavorable, we don’t always recognize Jesus in the storm. We don’t perceive His presence. We feel alone in the battle. It seems that we are forsaken.
God is about to make His presence felt in your situation. He's causing a shift!
But He is there. Even when we can’t see Him, He sees us and knows our struggle. He is aware of our needs. Not only is He aware, but He is actively working to rescue us out of our troubles.
If Jesus walked on water to help His disciples who were stranded in a rowboat in a windstorm, He will do whatever it takes to aid you in your struggle.
No matter what it looks like, God is there. Right now, He’s stretching out His hand, moving heaven and earth, just to get to you. You are His chosen one; His beloved; the apple of His eye; His delight; the one for whom Christ died.
He loves you too much to leave you where you are.
Today, God is sending this encouragement your way to reveal that He has a mighty plan of deliverance. He’s going to do things you’ve never seen before, remove every obstacle in your way, and defy manmade rules, and logic as He rushes in to deliver you.
He is going to restore what you’ve lost, replenish you where you are depleted and make all things new again.
To remind you that God won’t leave you in this predicament, I’m stirring Psalm 34:19 NASB, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, instead of fretting over how many afflictions you have, rejoice knowing that God is going to deliver you out of every single one of them.
He’s headed toward you with the solution. Before the wind began blowing, He had a plan to calm it. Before the storm started raging, He had a strategy to make it subside. Before trouble ever arose, Jesus arose from the grave with all power in His hands.
He’s got this.
He’s got you.
Don’t be afraid.
Trust Him only.
He has a mighty plan for your deliverance.
Now let’s pray.
God, I am facing a storm. I am dealing with uncertain times. And yet, I know You are my present help in the time of trouble. Though I cannot always feel You or perceive Your presence, I know You are with me. By faith, I rejoice and declare that the way is already made. Thank You, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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