Lenten Devotional: March 28
“It is I; do not be afraid.” John 6:20
Today’s reading is from John 6:16-27 . John tells the story of the disciples setting out late one night for a voyage in a fishing boat across the Sea of Galilee. Their destination was a shore several miles away, for Capernaum.
The sea became very rough. It was dark. There were strong winds tossing the boat about. The disciples were afraid. They were too far to turn back. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a figure appeared, walking on top of the water. One can only imagine that the disciples were extremely frightened at this point.
It was past midnight and here they were, tired and in a terrible storm at sea. Knowing they were frightened by such an odd presence, Jesus calmed them by saying “It is I, do not be afraid”. The disciples then invited him into their boat. Jesus climbed in and they quickly, calmly and safely reached their destination.
It was no accident that Jesus was there for them. They weren’t looking for him, yet they desperately needed him.
Jesus is here for us, too. When we feel ourselves in our own rough seas, in the often frightening moments of life, when troubles, worry or grief are taking our minds to scary depths, we must always remember to invite Jesus into our boat. Into our lives. Into our hearts.
Jesus knows that we need his help. He will guide us.
We should not be afraid.
We are never alone.