“They were frightened, but he said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’” John 6:19-20.
No matter how bad things turn out in our lives, we must never forget the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:20 “I am with you always, to the close of the age.” Even in the midst of the chaos, when it seems as if our world is turned up-side-down, when we feel as though our prayers are no longer working, God is right there with us.
As the legendary Christian Musician, Don Moen sang: “God will make a way where there seems to be no way.” God made a way for the apostles when it seemed as though they were going to meet their death on the sea. By walking on water, Jesus meant to say: “I am on top of the situation.”
Even in our first reading a situation arose which seemed to disrupt their communal living. Some people were feeling cheated from the daily distribution of food. Outwardly, this looked like a negative situation but from this ugly scenario came the selection of the first set of deacons in the church.
Dear friends, what is it that currently frightens you? Do you feel as though your circumstances are getting out of hand? Stay calm, stop analysing the situation in your head, start focusing on God. Try to picture Jesus walking on water (your current situation) coming to meet you.
If you find it difficult to see the hand of God in your situation, then start by telling yourself that something good will come out of it. Think of your chaos as some form of examination you have to write in other to get promoted to another class in your relationship with God. It is just a test and it will not remain like this forever.
Change is the only permanent quality of life on earth. As the world rotates, day time comes and night time take over, so also things are changing either for or against your favour but no matter how bad things are or may become, trust that God is right there with you following you every step of the way.
I so much like the words of St. Paul in Romans 8:28 “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” God is always working for our good no matter how tough things may be. Personally, I can say some of the best lessons life has taught me came amidst tears, sweat and pain.
God cannot abandon you. Why? God cannot abandon himself and you are part of God, you not only have God in you, even your very body is his temple. So trust God. Do not let your circumstances drive you away from God, instead, use them as personal examples to teach yourself that God’s power is unlimited. It may seem like hell right now, don’t worry, just don’t give up, don’t fall into sin, no, no, no, you can never justify one evil with another. Stay calm, one day, you will tell your story with a smile!
Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, just as you walked on water, you are walking on my situation now, clear my eyes of fear so that I can see you. Cleanse my heart from all negative thoughts. Amen.
*Happy Weekend. Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Saturday of the 2nd Week of Easter. Bible Study: Acts 6:1-7 and John 6:16-21).*