Jesus fed the crowd with astounding abundance and then He went up the mountain to be alone. He went up the mountain to be alone. We all need that alone time with God. Those moments to rejuvenate our bodies, minds and spirits. Jesus went up the mountain to be alone and the disciples decided to head back to Capernaum.
The crowd was still there, hanging out, waiting for Jesus. We all know that feeling of waiting for someone. Crowd participation in the exit process begins when that first person or group of people heads towards the exit. People will then begin breaking out of their groups and moving towards their transportation too. The disciples were aware that Jesus wanted to be alone, so they grabbed a boat and headed out into the Sea.
John 6:16-21 MSG
“In the evening his disciples went down to the sea, got in the boat, and headed back across the water to Capernaum. It had grown quite dark and Jesus had not yet returned. A huge wind blew up, churning the sea. They were maybe three or four miles out when they saw Jesus walking on the sea, quite near the boat. They were scared senseless, but he reassured them, “It’s me. It’s all right. Don’t be afraid.” So they took him on board. In no time they reached land—the exact spot they were headed to.”
It was dark outside, and a storm blew up while they were in the boat. Yikes! It’s dark, windy and stormy and the sea is churning. A boat big enough for twelve people minimal and that isn’t really all that big. When you are out on the water, especially on the sea, you can feel minuscule in comparison to the open water. Stormy weather only intensifies that feeling, especially when you are three or four miles out into the sea. The shore can begin to look pretty far away as the storm lifts you up and down in the waves.
Suddenly, there is Jesus. Every one of these guys freak out. I mean they are scared. It is dark, stormy and the waves are churning and suddenly you see a guy walking around out on the waves. Not really the thing one expects to see as they ride the waves of a storm. Jesus calmly calls out to them, ‘Hey guys, it’s me. It’s all right. Don’t be afraid.’ Peter come on, it is me. Don’t be afraid. Jesus reassured them as He was welcomed into the boat. Quickly and without further incident, the boat lands at the very destination they had intended. They weren’t knocked off course by the wind and waves, they landed in the exact spot they were headed towards.
Suddenly. We may find ourselves lost and afraid, tossed and turning on the waves of life, when suddenly, there is Jesus. Jesus is there when we need Him. He is there when we are scared and alone. It is in the suddenlies that we find Jesus calming us and steering towards the exact spot that we need to be headed towards. He is there. Jesus is always there.