16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
The disciples were facing a rough storm that led them to be fearful. But when Jesus came to them, He said, “It is I; don’t be afraid” (vs 20). What strikes me most in this passage, is the next verse which says, “…they were willing to take Him into the boat…” (vs21). It seems almost strange that they didn’t invite Jesus into their boat straight away, without question. It took them a moment to become willing to allow Jesus in. If I was in their situation, I would like to think that I would be desperate for Jesus to come and rescue me if He was before me in the flesh.
However, this makes me think about the times in my life where I need the help of Jesus, and are not quick to invite Him into my situation. When do I overlook my need for Jesus to ‘step into my boat’ and be my helper and strength? In the second part of verse 21, Jesus entered the boat and they immediately reached safety. When we are aware and willing to invite Jesus into our situations, He is immediately there for us.
Lord God, I thank You that You are for me and with me all my days. Please prompt me to call upon Your Name daily and invite You into all the areas of my life. Thank You that You rescue and redeem me. In Jesus’ Name.
Written by Ps. Laura Samperi