The disciples must have been having one of those days. People had been following Jesus everywhere and finally he stopped moving to preach. fortunately, it was a really good sermon, unfortunately people stayed for hours and it was a long way home. Fortunately, Jesus offered to feed them, unfortunately all they could find was 5 loaves and 2 fishes, fortunately Jesus was a miracle worker and provided food for everyone. Unfortunately, everyone was tired so Jesus goes off to pray. Fortunately, there is a boat so the disciples can cross to Capernaum, unfortunately the waves get rough and the wind comes up, fortunately Jesus is here with them! Unfortunately, that scares them to bits because they left him on the shore! Fortunately, Jesus stills the storm and stills their fears so they invite him onto the boat, and they make it to the shore.
Is life like that for you sometimes? Sometimes we ask: ‘Where is God in all this, how will I cope?’ We think that our strength is all we have. It is a very difficult place to be and a difficult place to survive. It is in this place that the only way to survive is to reach out to God. When you are drowning under waves of depression, addiction, hopelessness, despair, loneliness, uncertainty, desperation and ill health, or just desperation for a family member, that place is where you reach out for God. And Jesus says, ‘It is I; don’t be afraid.’