Psalm 84 (ESV)
84 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! 2 My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Mark 6:47-50 (NIV)
47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Here He comes, strolling in the dark of the night, in the middle of storm, walking on water, high winds and waves, three strokes forward, two strokes back, and He checks in with a “why ya’ll freaking out?” greeting. It’s cool, don’t worry, sheesh, haven’t you learned anything? Sure, you’ll have some rough seas, but at the end, I’ll bring you home.
The amazing thing is that no matter how wild and crazy things get, Christ is a steady beacon of love, able to shine through the darkness, to do the impossible when we’re struggling, calm the storms of our lives. It’s not smoke from fires that’s on the water, it’s the love of Christ.
My heart sings for you Lord, my soul longs for the peace of your embrace. Let me never forget who you are and why you love me.