Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…
Seeing them distressed in rowing, for the wind was contrary to them, about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea, and he would have passed by them. – Mark 6:48
Jesus always sees our struggle and pain in this world. We do not see Him, and sometimes we think He has forgotten us; but that is never true. He is never indifferent for a moment. On the heights of Sedan, while the battle was in progress, a group of men stood watching the struggling armies in the plain below. In this group was the American general Sheridan who watched the battle with the eye of a soldier. King William was also there, but his interest was different from Sheridan’s. His son was in the thick of the fight and he watched the battle with the eye of a father as well as of a king.
Christ looks down upon our struggles in this world. He sees us fighting and witnesses all of our battles and conflicts. He sees us in the waves and in the storm. Not only does He see us with the eye of the calm spectator but with the eye of love. This is a great thought if we can truly believe and understand it. It will give us courage in the hour of struggle, sorrow, or pain. Jesus knows when the battle is hard, when the night is dark, when the temptation is more than we can bear.
Christ sent His disciples out to sea even though the winds were not favorable. We learn that even when we are doing the things God has called us to do we may encounter opposition and difficulty. We may even be pushed back and find the resistance too great for our strength. Many of the Lord’s disciples have to make their voyage over very stormy seas on their way to heaven. For some people duty is hard. A true, noble, positive, aggressive life will always be in the face of opposition and contrary winds. “The law of head-winds in life is doubtless in the secret love of God. When the voyage is over, perhaps we will get to see the charts, and know why it had to be that way.”