“Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat
and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida,
while he dismissed the crowd.
After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake,
and he was alone on land.
He saw the disciples straining at the oars,
because the wind was against them.”
Mark 6:45-48 (NIV)
When the Saviour had ordered the disciples to cross the Sea of Galilee He stayed back and went up a mountain nearby to pray. However as the storm whipped up the waves Mark notes that Jesus observed His beloved disciples struggling in the vicious storm.
The fact that the Good Shepherd saw His sheep in trouble is a wonderful comfort. Sometimes we are so busy looking at the storm that we forget our loving Lord always has His eye on us.
Usually young children playing outside do not think about mom and dad as they enjoy themselves. Only when some form of trouble comes do they look for and call for mom or dad. Once they make eye contact with a parent will they calm down and feel secure once more. Children find great comfort in the knowledge they are being watched.
We can learn a lesson from our young children or grandchildren as they teach us to relax and find peace in the knowledge that the God Who gave us eyes with which to see always see us. Remember that nothing comes to us until it passes the critical eye of our Father in heaven.
Remember the teaching of Jesus when He tells us that our Father in heaven even observes the bird that falls from a tree and we are far more precious to Him than birds. Your loving Father in heaven is carefully watching you as you seek to come through the present world pandemic. Take heart and rest comfortably in the loving arms of your heavenly Father.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
Yet not one of them will fall to the ground
outside your Father’s care.
And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
So don’t be afraid;
you are worth more than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:29-31 (NIV)