“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”  Then he climbed into the
 boat with them, and the wind died down.
Mark 6:50b & 51a 

I picture the waves rolling and crashing on the shore, only the disciples weren’t on shore, they were in a boat…afraid because of the rolling sea and crashing waves. In the picture below, taken in Acadia Nat’l Park in Maine – August 2009, the sea looks calm, just the waves crashing on the granite rocks.  But the sea was far from calm that day…the waves rolled violently on to shore, crashed and sea spray went more than 100 feet in the air.  Having been blessed with the privilege of seeing the ocean many, many times in my life, I have never seen it that angry and that violent. The weekend this photo was taken 17 people were swept out to sea at Acadia the previous day, some made it back to shore on their own, 4 were rescued by the US Coast Guard, of those 4, at least one died. 

So, the disciples are on the sea and it is rocking.  Since this was the “fourth watch of the night” vs. 48, I think it is safe to assume it was dark.  Imagine how freightened they must have been, then here comes this ghost (vs 49) on the water!  He speaks and tells them not to be afraid.  So consumed were the disciples with what was going on around them (the storm), they didn’t recognize the Savior when he walked out to them.  How often in my life do I get so consumed by what is going on around me, that I MISS the Savior and all his blessings.  I MISS seeing His hand in times of trouble. I MISS that He is there…waiting to calm the storms in my life.  If I am afraid and I do not hear and HEED his voice saying “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”  then I may miss out on the LESSONS and the BLESSINGS he has for me.
The times in my life when I have been at my lowest, are the times when He has graced me with His presence in my life in unbelieveable ways…given me courage to put one foot in front of the other and know that He will lead me through the trial. 
Lord, I ask that You give me the courage to see you in the midst of my trials.  Courage to not be afraid.  Courage to stand up and grasp your hand so you can lead me.  Lord, I miss so many of your blessings because I get in the way.  I try to do things on my own.  Please give me the courage to get out of the way.  I know if I get out of the way, You can lead me to the sunrise.


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