“And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.” Matthew 14:26
Most of us have some ideas of who God is before we actually come to know Him. Most of those ideas are wrong and we have to unlearn them. After becoming a Christian, the remainder of life is a never-ending quest to know Him as He actually is, and to fellowship with Him. Learning His ways is the adventure of a lifetime.
Now let us return to our verse…..the disciples are in the boat in the midst of stormy seas. They left Jesus on the shore so they can’t even approach Him to calm the weather. Imagine their panic as the wind begins to toss the boat to and fro. All their rowing was in vain as they strained against the storm.
Into this scenario, Jesus comes walking to them on the water. But they didn’t recognize Him. Of course, standing on top of the water is probably the last place they expected to see Him. But why not expect Him there?
One of the greatest challenges in my walk with God is being overwhelmed with the pressure and demands of life and losing my focus on God in the details of life. Often I have lamented the precious moments I have lost with Him because my mind was overly occupied with other things and I missed the moment of His coming.
How many times have I missed Him walking on the water because I’ve been busy rowing? Or worrying? Or complaining? For all the good their rowing did, the disciples’ time would have been better spent looking off into the distance for His coming.