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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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.