Mark 6:50 (AV)
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.
The disciples are at sea, while their Master stayed behind on the mountain to pray.
Then a storm arises, threatening to overwhelm the boat, and despite all their efforts they make no progress.
And then, in the midst of the troubled waters and dark night, they see an apparition on the waves that makes them cry for fear, thinking it was a ghost.
They do not recognize their Master, for it is He who came to them in their need. But then He speaks, and they recognize the voice of their Shepherd.
They let Him come into the ship and the waves calm down.
Today too, the church can often find herself in the midst of the storm and headwind spiritually. But then know that the Lord knows about you and is watching you. That He prays while you are in need. And in His time He will come to you.
How often do we not recognize Him in the first moment. But when He’s going to speak, all doubts are gone. That is the voice of my Beloved. That is the voice of my Shepherd.
Then the waves are silent.
Then the fearful doubt disappears.
Then salvation becomes possible again in Him.
Happy is the person who is allowed to hear it again and again: Fear not, it is I.
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