Today, Take Heart

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Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, (Mark 6:45-48, ESV)

It is quite interesting that Christ made the disciples get into the boat.  He knew full well that they were going to encounter difficulty on the sea.  It is even more interesting, that when he saw them struggling, he didn’t tell the sea, “Peace be still.”A life in Christ, is not one that is perfectly paved and free from potholes or hazards.  That was never promised.  What we can rest assured of is that the path that we walk, while it has briars, thorns, rough spots, and other hazards, has already been walked by another: Jesus Christ.

While we may have struggles in the sea of life, we can rest that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is present, working in our favor and saying “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid (Mark 6:50).”

Pastor Chris

photo credit: Michael Bolognesi via photopin cc

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