He Heard Their Plea
He told them to go,
To the other side of the sea.
So they did as directed,
As the ship was set free.
Free to run its course,
Not expecting storms and trouble.
It was worse than they thought,
As the waves were more than double.
They feared for their lives,
When they saw their Master near.
They screamed and yelled out,
They were livid with fear.
He could have passed them by,
But He heard their frightened plea,
He said to rejoice in trouble,
And not be afraid of the sea.
The storms suddenly ceased,
And there was calmness all around.
They were stunned by what happened,
And could barely make a sound.
They had forgotten so easily,
The miracles they had seen.
Why were they placed in trouble?
What did all of this stuff mean?
They had a lesson to learn.
They had to trust in His grace,
And feel the presence of their Lord,
Without seeing His Holy face.
The time would soon come,
Where He had to leave this land.
He had to make sure that they,
Would be able to freely stand.
He left His Holy Spirit,
As He went to His Father above,
So they would always have Him present,
To be surrounded by His love.
45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.
46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.
48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.
49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:
50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.
51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.
52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.
20 But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.
21 Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.
There is so much that can be said about this scripture, but the main lesson to be learned is that when we are in the middle of a mess in life, that God is watching over us and that He is as near as a plea for help. He sees you in the mess, but He expects us to go to Him for protection and correction of the bad circumstance. As soon as the disciples cried out, he told them to be of good cheer, because He was there with them. He said to not be afraid. As soon as He stepped into their circumstances, they were immediately on safe ground. When Jesus went to His Father in Heaven, He left us His Holy Spirit to reside within us, so we would have immediate access to Him as we face the troubles and the storms of life. Christians are expected to walk in hope, so they can appear to be calm in the middle of a mess. They walk in a calm assurance that everything will be okay.