The Tunnel View

Matthew 14:22-33

22Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.25And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea.26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” 28Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”


I think I see light at the end of the tunnel. Just hope it is not a train!!! I’ve been, as you know, working on this website for several days and I FINALLY am getting some of it to work together. I’m still having some of it that refuses to work. There is a thing labeled a “Call To Action Button” that I have entered and formatted four times. Each time it worked once and then disappeared. There is another whole section that still doesn’t work. But, as I said last night… “In God’s good time.”

Have you ever worked long and hard on a particular task and, it seemed, the harder and longer you worked the worse it got? Someone once said “The faster I go the behinder I get.” There are hours, days, months and maybe even years where we seem to be working harder and getting behinder. There are times when we think we have the solution… there is light at the end of the tunnel… we are almost there… almost through… almost… but then we see that the light at the end of that tunnel is on the engine of a train. OMG! We are not getting closer to finishing. We are getting closer to being finished ourselves.

The lectionary text for this Sunday is about the disciples in that old rocking and rolling boat on the sea… scared to death that this would be their finish. But in the morning hours they see Jesus. Isn’t that the way it happens… the night-time is the scary time, the dark time, the lonely time, the time when we think too much? Something happens when we see the Son rising… there is a greater sense of peace and relief from the panic of the midnight.

In the morning Jesus comes walking on the water, bringing a word of calm to the restless seas of the night. Sometimes we just need to see that calming hand in the night soothing our fears and comforting our doubting faith. Yes, we are broken, but Jesus can mend that which is broken and make us whole again… and the seas became calm.

May God bring you a calming peace. Allow me to end with these lyrics as our prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit by Brian Duncan

Come as a wisdom to children
Come as new sight to the blind
Come, Lord, as strength to my weakness
Take me soul, body and mind

Come as a rest to the weary
Come as a balm for the sore
Come as a dew to my dryness
Fill me with joy evermore

Come Holy Spirit, I need you now
Come, Sweet Spirit, I pray
Come in your strength and your power
Come in your own gentle way

Come like a spring in the desert
Come to the withered of soul
O, let your sweet healing power
Touch me and make me whole

Come Holy Spirit, I need you now
Come, Sweet Spirit, I pray
Come in your strength and your power
Come in your own gentle way
Come in your own gentle way

Grace and Peace

Steve

 

 

 

 

 

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