Daily Office Readings for Tuesday 2 April 2019 Year 1: Week 4 of Lent
“Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.” (John 6:21)
This verse in the Gospel of John is so different from other versions of Jesus walking on the water. We don’t have words that say that Jesus actually got into the boat, but perhaps it’s not a stretch to assume he did. The big point here is that it was their desire to want Jesus in the boat that got them to Capernaum. In this version we don’t have the storm being quieted as in the Synoptic Gospels.
Maybe that’s what we Christians should be doing when we want something. We should first want Jesus. Then maybe our desire for Jesus will assist us in achieving those secondary things we want. I am reminded of the first verse of Hymn 711 of our 1982 Hymnal which sings “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness, and all these things will be added onto you…..” It is about having a God-first priority.
I also like noticing the fact that the storm did not stop in this version of John. Sometimes our prayers should not so much be about stopping the storm, but rather, getting us through the storms of our lives. God does not say that nothing bad will happen to us. What God says is that God will never abandon us. God in Christ Jesus will walk with us through whatever comes. We just need to want Jesus in our boat. Often Jesus uses the faith that’s already in people to heal them. Now we have the desire that is in his followers (us included) working as an instrument of success. Our desire for Jesus may not stop the storms in our lives but it will surely get us through them.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to the people of the Creating Word and “Ponder anew what the Almighty is doing.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.