2016-12-19 - The Why Behind Waiting
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. (Matthew 14:25 NIV)
Verse 25 reads like information from a newspaper article, just the facts as they happened. Jesus walked on the lake. There is no usage of adjectives to describe the size of the waves or the disciples’ adverse sailing conditions. However, the little fanfare does not diminish the miracle of Jesus walking on water. To us mortals, walking on water is unfathomable, but not for the Lord. “He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.”(Job 9:8) Nothing is too difficult for Him. (Jeremiah 32:17)
The Lord could have orchestrated the scene a lot differently. The disciples could have calmly, drifted along the Sea of Galilee, avoiding a storm, but God had something else in mind. Why? A lot of times, we wonder why the Lord does something. Sometimes, the answer may have nothing to do with us per se. That is what my husband and I recently discovered.
We had our house on the market for 18 months before it finally sold. During that time, we prayed, placed ads, staged the house, and kept its appearance neat and lawn trimmed. It was rough with two mortgages, and I began to wonder why we moved in the first place. It wasn’t until we received an email from the new owners, a young couple we have never met, that we understood the why behind waiting. It had nothing to do with us, but with them.
The newlyweds had looked at 30 houses before seeing ours. Before seeing our place they almost gave up getting the details they wanted, an older home with large trees and hardwood floors. Our home was exactly what they wanted. My husband and I believed God saved it for them. We had no desire to have two homes for that long, but God still provided and had a plan. It wasn’t the way I wanted to sell a house, just as I am sure it wasn’t the way the disciples wanted to spend their time on the lake, but even battling life’s storms, God is there. We have to trust that He knows our situation, and is working things out for the best.
Lord, I want You to reach me when I feel like I’m drowning. Help me remain calm, and not forget Your amazing abilities and resources. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.