‘Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them walking on the lake’ Matt 14 v25
The story of Jesus walking on the water has always been one of my favourite stories in the Bible. I think that it’s because I love the sea and the thought of walking on water is so cool!
Every year as a child, I was taken on holiday to the seaside. I loved the changing moods that I saw in the water. The sun reflecting on the waves, the wind making patterns and swirls and even the rain dashing down on it- each of them changing the colour and mood of the sea.
This story of Jesus reminds us that the God we love and trust, is full of surprises. We have a tendency to limit Him with our imagination. And yet He says to us “Ask and it will be given to you”. This God of surprises will always answer our prayers- even if it is in unexpected ways. In ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, the Lion, Aslan, represents Jesus. Mr Beaver describes Aslan thus: ” Safe? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.”
But isn’t that the great thing about being a Christian, we never know what new adventure is around the corner. So if, like me, you find the thought of life becoming more ‘normal’ quite daunting, we can ask God to help us. He will answer us, although probably not as we would expect Him to.
The one thing we do know, however, is that God will always be with us and loving us and surprising us.
Prayer: Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us o’er the world’s tempestuous sea;
Guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us, for we have no help but thee. Amen
For your holiday reading: I recommend ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C S Lewis for your summer reading, or re-rereading.
Prayer Request: – Pray for those you know whose holiday plans have been dashed by Covid 19 – that they would still be able to find relaxation and refreshment, at home or away.