After the abundant provision of food, enough to feed a large town or small city, the disciples give up on waiting for Jesus to return to the shore. Encased in darkness, they set out upon the lake to get to where they need to go. Eventually they battle a raging storm. It is here that Jesus announces his presence. His poignant words prompt us to consider, "where is here"?
Where is here:
- this storm?
- this fear?
- this darkness?
- this trying hard?
- this reality?
Questions like these can give us clues, yet ultimately, we each need to ask for ourselves, "Jesus, where are you here, in this?" This dialogue becomes our prayer.
John 6:16-24 (NLT)
That evening Jesus’ disciples went down to the shore to wait for him. 17 But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. 18 Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. 19 They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, 20 but he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here!” 21 Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!
22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the far shore saw that the disciples had taken the only boat, and they realized Jesus had not gone with them. 23 Several boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten. 24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him.
For Reflection and Prayer:
Was there a word, phrase or image which caught your attention you as you listened to or slowly read the text? Quietly reflect on it in your prayer with Jesus. Journal your conversation.
Was there any particular emotion which emerged as you listened to the scripture? Talk it over with Jesus in your prayer.
Using all of your senses, place yourself in the story. Who are you and what are you witnessing or experiencing? Write out the story in your own words, allowing the story and conversation to be your prayer.
Savor any consoling words or pictures as you quietly rest in God.