Faith and a Storm
“Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.’ And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened. – Mark 6:45-52
When the disciples were in the boat going against the wind, they were distraught and did not know what way to turn. It appeared that the storm was going against the boat, and they were unable to move. Although the reaction was not discussed, we are able to understand that they were not sure how they were going to withstand the storm.
While they were on the boat, Jesus was on the land. Jesus was able to see the need of his disciples and decided to go rescue them from the storm. We are reminded that the shepherd is able to give encouragement to what the apostles were going through. Although the storm had not created any damage on the boat, it had caused the disciples to fear. They were reminded to not be afraid. As soon as he got into the boat, the wind went away.
The disciples were understanding important tenets about the faith that they recently did not know about. They were experiencing something different that they did not understand. There were the multiplication of the bread and also the calm of a storm. While this was happening, we are shown the internal dialogue that existed as their minds did not understand and their hearts were hardened. This can be told of us when we go through some experiences that don’t make sense yet we are able to to continue through faith. While our minds might not understand and our hearts may be hardened, we are still able to continue learning and reaching understanding and our hearts hopefully become alive.