[6.47-49] Late at night, the boat was far out at sea; Jesus was still by himself on land. He could see his men struggling with the oars, the wind having come up against them.
Lord Jesus--There is comfort in the fact that the struggle of these men was something that you were aware of and interested in.
I have to admit there are times that your awareness of and interest in my struggles is a statement of faith. It doesn't always feel like you are aware. But what do I know? I know that you were mindful of 12 men in a boat with the wind blowing against them. That is not exactly a world shattering event except if you are one of the 12 guys in the boat. I am reminded again of the smallness of my faith and the places where you meet me. Thank you that this little bit of faith which you have given me remains intact and is affirmed again and again. You see me at my place in the boat struggling with my oar heading into the wind.
Pasting thought? It is interesting to me that if the wind was against them and they were travelling across the lake away from where You were praying, then the wind was blowing them back to you. That is a keeper...I wonder how many times when I am struggling with a headwind, it is really just a Jesus wind blowing me back toward you?
At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them, walking on the sea. He intended to go right by them. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and screamed, scared out of their wits.
Lord Jesus--Your walk on the water towards these struggling men speaks to me today. You walk toward your people in the middle of all that is blowing against them. You walk towards the point of struggle. In the middle of the long nights and the dark days...you walk toward not way from me.
[6.50-52] Jesus was quick to comfort them: “Courage! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.” As soon as he climbed into the boat, the wind died down. They were stunned, shaking their heads, wondering what was going on. They didn’t understand what he had done at the supper. None of this had yet penetrated their hearts.
Peterson, Eugene H. (2006-06-15). The Message Remix 2.0: The Bible In contemporary Language (Kindle Locations 30747-30752). NAVPress - A. Kindle Edition.