Everyone is afraid of something. Everyday things like spiders, snakes, water, and large groups of people or maybe failure, success, loneliness, and death. The list of fears is truly endless. Everyone is susceptible to fear; young or old, rich or poor, celebrity or anonymous, fear haunts all of us.
In this portion of Mark 6, the disciples found themselves caught in a severe storm on the Sea of Galilee and panic ensued. The wind and the waves were reaching out to capsize their lives. The account records that Jesus was praying on a mountainside far away, but He still “saw them” in their distress. Isn’t that good to know? God may seem distant to us at times but we are never out of the range of His sight. The story goes on to say that Jesus came to them, walking on the water. Not only are we within the scope of His vision, but we are also in range of His presence. You are not alone, He is right there with you in the middle of the storm – Jesus is in the boat with you! Finally, Jesus speaks and the storm calms. Yes, one word, on promise from the Creator and Sustainer of all things can bring everything back into harmony.
Fear is the absence of faith and true faith is only found in Jesus Christ. If fear is gripping your heart today, for whatever reason, take comfort knowing that 1) Jesus sees what you are going through, 2) Jesus is right by your side, and 3) Jesus wants to speak something into your heart and soul. Take some time today to let Him know about your fears. Listen to what the Bible says about your circumstances. Then rest in His sovereign, keeping presence. Take courage my friend, He is here.