but they, when they saw him walking on the sea, supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; – Mark 6:49
It seems strange to us that the disciples should have ever been afraid of their own Master. They had been in great distress all night because He was not with them. There was nothing they wanted so much all those hours as Him coming to them. Yet now, when He came, they were in terror at the sight of Him. It was because they did not know it was He that His presence scared them so much.
It is often the same with us. We have some need or are in danger, and Jesus does not come to us. We call upon Him and strongly desire His coming; yet He does not come. At length He comes but it is not as we expected, beautiful and gentle, but in a terrifying form. It is in great trial that He comes. Death enters our door and carries away a loved one. We experience a loss or some misfortune. We cry out in terror. We do not know it is Christ, wearing in a dark robe, who has come. We do not know that this is the answer to our prayer for His presence and His help. We are scared at the form that moves over the waters in the night. We think it is new danger when really it is actually the divine love and divine help for which we have been longing and crying out for.
We need to learn that Jesus is in every blessing that comes to us. He does not come only in the sunshine. Just as frequently it is in the shadow that He draws near. It is our duty as Christians to train ourselves to see Christ in each event. Then, whether it is sorrow or joy that knocks at our door we will give it a loving welcome, knowing that Jesus himself is covered in whatever form that enters. We will find that no matter what it looks like, when we welcome Christ He has always a rich blessing for our lives.
Apply This To Your Life Today… What is your first response to pain or difficult circumstances? Do you recognize Christ’s work in those circumstances even when it is not in the form you expected?