This week we hear from Leslie, who reflects on Mark Chapter 6.
Mark 6:47-48 “And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw that they were distressed in rowing, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them.”
This Bible passage really struck me the other day. Did you notice it was evening when Jesus saw the apostles were in distress? He was well aware of what was going on. He knew they were struggling and afraid. But he waited. He came to them in the fourth watch of the night which is between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. That was a long night!
Do you ever feel like you are in that boat, distressed, sinking, not seeing how a situation will get better, wandering if God hears you? You are ready to give up, and then suddenly or in an unexpected way, things get better. Someone gives you a book that encourages you, it might be a conversation with a friend, you hear a homily that seems to be just for you, or God just opens your eyes to something you had not seen before.
I was in that boat. I had been begging God for a long time to help me with a certain situation in my life. I was frustrated. I needed his perspective. Out of the blue, he sent the lifeboat. It wasn’t what I expected. Someone sent a person to me who had questions reguarding something going on her life. While searching for her answers, I found mine. I couldn’t believe how clear it was. Praise God!
I don’t know why God lets us struggle so much. Maybe it’s to strengthen our faith and trust in Him. Maybe it is to show us our weakness and that we need a Savior. Sometimes I think we continue to struggle because we don’t recognize the lifeboat he is sending us. Our hearts aren’t always open or ready. We have to remember he sees our distress, and when we are ready, he comes and takes over and there is peace again.
Mark 6:51 “And he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded.”