"When it was evening, the disciples ... embarked
in a boat.
From across the water, we see him. Jesus walks over the
waves towards us. Our hearts jump at the audacity of this kind of power
and we row harder, fleeing the calm and the love on his face and wanting to
escape the miracle we witness with our eyes. He is here and we are terrified.
What if he tells us to stop rowing?
How would we react if he calmed the seas and lit the skies and
we saw that the terrors looming in our lives were simply the stuff of life?
And then what? If there was nothing more to dread, where would we focus
our lives? What would it cost us to let go of the fears that drive
us each day?
Don't be afraid, he says. I'm here with you. I'm
always here with you, even when it's dark and you can't see me.
He stands next to the boat smiling at us and we allow ourselves
to put the oars down. We don't have to be afraid. Life is not
easy, but he is always next to us, inviting us to rest in the gaze of his
eyes, so full of love for us. The terror subsides as we look
into his gentle eyes, feel his courage fill us and realize that rather then
being lost at sea, our boat is gently bumping the edge of the shoreline.
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