This post is one in a series of reflections for Lent. I invite you to go back and read the previous reflections.
Jesus sends the disciples off ahead. He wants to take a little time alone. They take off in the boat. As they are rowing along, Jesus sees that they are in trouble. He can see them rowing hard, and the wind and waves threatening the boat. The disciples look out across the sea. Jesus is coming toward them across the water. He calls out to them. "Don't be afraid. Take courage. I am here". When Jesus climbs into the boat the wind dies down immediately. The disciples are amazed. It hasn't taken long, but the disciples have always forgotten all they have seen with Jesus. They have already forgotten that they are with a man with the power to serve five thousand people with a small lunch. They have hard hearts and just can't seem to grasp what they have been called to be a part of.
We can't spend too much time beating up on the disciples. We can be just as dense. We can look back over the life we have lived, and still not see the hand of God throughout. When the darkness comes and the storm rises, we lose complete focus on God. We stand in the midst of the storms of out life, and give ourselves ulcers with worrying. God has it all control. God has told us to take courage. He is with us. He has told us that he will never leave us. Faith is so much easier said than done. Leave it to God. He has it all under control. That storm that threatens to overtake us, he is there in the midst of it, and he is so good.