Daily D – Mark 4:35-41
Mark 4:35-41 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
I have spent many pleasurable days in a boat from early morning until evening. Memory places me on calm lakes in warm weather without worries about other responsibilities. Thoughts untangle themselves. Feelings are soothed. Futures feel less intimidating. Words spoken aloud are few.
I wonder if my bride would be interested in buying a boat?
Mark 4 begins with Jesus getting into a boat because the “crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge,” (verse 1).
This chapter ends with Jesus in a boat with another lesson, but this one not taught primarily through words, but through an experience. This experience taught a lesson that would have sounded a bit unbelievable to many ears. Some truths must be seen to be believed.
Jesus taught with parables in this chapter. He invited people deeper into relationship with himself through those stories. He wanted everyone to know him for who he was. Several boatloads of disciples (verses 36) experienced Jesus and gained a deepening awe about who he was (verse 41).
It is Sunday morning as ponder these thoughts. I will leave for a worship service soon. I want to hear words of truth and life. I want to sing praise and pray with thanksgiving. I want to know and experience God.
I want these things day by day each in a different way. I want to step into the boat with Jesus. I want him to speak whenever he wants. I want him to demonstrate his reality in whatever manner he chooses. I want a deepening understanding of his reality.
The storms of life are real and threatening. Make sure Jesus is in your boat. Prepare for awe and wonder. You will never be disappointed when you spend time with Jesus and come to know him better as he wants to be known.
I will shove away from the stability of the shore into the wide open water and waves with Jesus.
Our Father, as Jonah hopped on a boat to get away, I want to step in a boat to stay. As he fled where you led, I want to go even into the storm. Jonah in the storm saw himself as good as dead. The disciples in the storm saw Jesus as Lord of wind and waves, life and death. Jonah required special assistance to get where he was going. I eagerly climb aboard for whatever lies before me. As long as you are in the boat, who cares where it is bound? I want to be with you and know you ever more acutely for who you are. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.