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"They willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going"

Jesus came to the disciples walking on boisterous waters. The disciples were frightened until He identified Himself to them. As we are in the same boat together, are we so distressed by contrary winds, that we fail to discern the Lord?

The disciples had a shore to reach – Jesus had commanded it – and so it was tempting to strive to the point of panic, as the weather was not cooperating. God has sent us into this world's turbulence with a mission to accomplish. The Lord's responsibility to us does not end with His command. He will give us the ability, strength, help, whatever we need to get there.

We will never arrive at the perfect will of God if we can't even discern God's attempt to meet us on the journey. Is Christ welcomed or is He just another tormenting spirit to harass us as we struggle and fall short of the goal? Fortunately for you and I, Jesus calls out to us by His Spirit and identifies Himself.

Jesus is not only the One Who was and is to come, but He is right now. He sends us; He awaits us; and, praise God!, He meets us along the way. But it is not enough for Jesus to be welcomed alongside the boat. He must be received into our midst. The Church, the Body of Christ, needs Christ the Head to be complete.

The Lord will walk on the water to us if necessary to get into the boat among us. When Christ is received in our midst, we commune with Him along the journey. When you're with the One Who created time, you will make time. Suddenly, a long road becomes an immediate arrival.

Are we there yet? Perhaps a better question would be: have we received Christ into what we are doing, yet?!

Scriptural Context

Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, (17) got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. (18) Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. (19) So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. (20) But He said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid." (21) Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going." -John 6:16-21 NKJV