The boat was in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.
In this passage, Jesus demonstrates that He is Lord over all creation. He has the power to walk on water (faster than His disciples can row) and to calm the storm.
I spend so much time with the same mindset as the disciples – straining to row their boat. I think that I need to strain to build “my” ministry. I think about what I should be doing to build “my” church, and I feel guilty because I don’t, I can’t do it all.
It may not be that the direction that I’m headed is wrong! Maybe the problem is that I start going there without waiting for Jesus and the blessing of His Spirit.
I feel like God is calling me to wait for Him. Instead of feeling guilty for not quickly creating the successful congregation I knew I’d create (at least as a naive, idealistic seminary student), I will remember that Jesus is still Lord. I will keep serving my congregation joyfully, knowing that the work of God’s Spirit in me and through me may not result in fruit right away. I can take courage in the midst of storms. What I’m doing may really be the right thing, and the harvest will come in Jesus’ time.
Jedidiah Maschke, Pastor
First Lutheran Church – Concord