“Bale! Bale!” … Sunday, April 14

English: Almost sunken boat.

When the storm of life is at its worst and your boat springs a leak, what then?

P.S. Yes, I realize that a P.S. normally goes at the bottom but this one is *sigh* different. Its been brought to my attention that the Gospel reading below isn’t the one for today and its a little to late for me to change it now. Somehow I looked up the wrong day so I’ve rather stuck my foot in my mouth, virtually that is. But I understand that Peter did the same thing with his feet. Often. So I’ll consider myself in good company and keep going. πŸ˜‰

Gospel John 6:16-21

“When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea,
embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum.
It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.
When they had rowed about three or four miles,
they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat,
and they began to be afraid.
But he said to them, β€œIt is I. Do not be afraid.”
They wanted to take him into the boat,
but the boat immediately arrived at the shore
to which they were heading.”
Maybe its just me, but I see a miracle here that I think gets overlooked. Perhaps there’s so much more going on it gets pushed aside. That happens a lot in daily life. Big things, important things, overshadow smaller things that are important in their own right. And miracles get missed. The storm was big. Surviving it with life and limb, not to mention the boat, was a very important thing. Seeing Jesus walking out to them, not realizing at first that its Him, was a big thing. If you were in the middle of a life threatening storm and you saw what you honestly thought was a ghost coming at you, all at the same time, would you notice much of anything else? I don’t think I would. But after the fact its easier to look back and spot the smaller, significant things. The miracle that sometimes gets overlooked because of all the big deals going on at once. “They wanted to take Him into the boat … ” Well, that’s logical. When they realize it’s the Lord Jesus, and there He is, standing on the water, right in front of them, who’d ask, “You gonna walk the rest of the way?” ” … but the boat immediately arrived at the shore to which they were heading.” And there’s the “lesser”, and I think overlooked miracle. He didn’t need help getting into the boat and He didn’t need the boat. Neither did they, not so long as He was with them and they were with Him.
There are all sorts of big deals in life. Storms both literal and figurative. There’s war and death and divorce and cancer and bad politics and … OK, enough of that. We all know the drill, and we know it because we get to take part in it just by living. All you need to do is be here. So we need umbrellas against the storms, we need sturdy boats, we need good insurance, we need … That’s all well and good. But none of these work without Jesus. The wind turns the umbrella inside out, the boat develops a leak, and there’s a not so user-friendly clause in the fine print of the policy. So how do we get to shore, to safety during a storm, if we can’t trust these things? Well, how did the guys in the boat we just read about get ashore? And the answer is that they didn’t. THEY never got to shore. But someone says, “Well the verse says … ” Yes, I know what the verse says. But the letter kills, and its the spirit that gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:6. So whats the spirit of the thing here? They got to the shore, safe and sound and in the right place, when Jesus was with them. It wasn’t the men in the boat that got to the shore. It was Jesus Who got them to the shore. They had nothing to do with it, He had everything to do with it.
Lots of times in life all those big deals we thought about a minute ago get bigger and bigger until they block out everything else. Sometimes everyone else, even Jesus. During those times its important to remember that the only way we’ll ever get to shore safely is to have Jesus with us, to be with Him. All the oars in the world are useless without God’s grace.


  1. I loved this post. I think it is one of the best you have done and I give it “five stars!” Thanks for sharing and God Bless, SR

    • That’s very kind, thank you. πŸ™‚

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