John 6: 16-21 Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing. Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
This scripture reminds me that Jesus is everywhere with us. When we are doing good for Him or when we are trying to find His Will in the midst of a struggle, He is there. We will find Him in the most obscure places. We may even find ourselves to be a little frightened when He appears. The point is: He is there.
The disciples are looking for Him. In the scripture it even says, “Jesus had not yet come to them.” To me that means they were aware He would come, they just were not sure when or what that would look like. I feel this way when I am trying to figure out God’s Will. I pray for God’s help in determining what I should be doing for Him. I go to church and find myself looking all over the place. I ask my friends for help. I even go to my priest for advice. The funny thing is, God usually shows up in the place I least expect. Sometimes He talks through people that I never expect. That is why I have to remain open to God using anyone and anything to contact me. Just because someone doesn’t go to church, doesn’t mean God won’t use them as His tool to contact me. When it happens, I do get a little frightened. It makes me stand back and look at the person because my doubt rises up within me. Then, as I allow my heart to melt, I realize God is determined to get my attention. I am not the best listener at times, so He uses strategy to get me back in a good frame of mind. Trust me, when God wants your attention, He will get it.
Keep on the lookout for God in your life. Just like the disciples on the boat that night, He may choose to frighten you to get your attention. Sometimes we need that extra jolt of fear in order for us to open our hearts. God speaks to and through all of us. Don’t miss out on that great opportunity to hear His Will or to speak His Will.