Tuesday, May 5, 2009

He Saw Them

Today I am sharing in Tuesdays Together..in the Word! A chance to share a "nugget" from our Bible reading.

I have recently been reading through the gospels. I started with Mark - mainly because it has 16 chapters and with just a little doubling I could read a chapter a day and go through it twice in one month. (Nothing deep to my thought process...)

Chapter Six has the story of Jesus walking on the water. After feeding five thousand, Jesus sent the disciples ahead in a boat and stayed behind to have His own quiet time. Of course, we know a storm comes and the disciples are rowing, and toiling, and fighting the storm. In fact, they became consumed with the storm - so much that when Christ came to them, they didn't even realize it was him. (I'd like to think I would have been looking for him...and had more of a "He's coming! He's coming" attitude!! but probably not.)

However, even as they struggled at their worst...verse 48 says, "And he saw them....." Jesus did not suddenly jump up from His prayer time...oh no, I hope the disciples are alright!! He knew exactly where their little boat was and what the circumstances were around them and how their little faith had been swallowed by the sea. And He kept watch on them. Surely, the presence of a storm did not mean God was not in control.

We have been singing a song lately at Bible study...."sometimes He calms the storm and sometimes He calms his child...." We so want all our storms to be immediately stilled - but that is not always God's plan. There is often much to learn...and a chance for faith to grow..during the storm. The assurance, however, is that through any storm, "He sees us." What a blessing that four little words, in Mark 6:48, were to me.

Whatever your day might hold, remember the promise that God sees you. I'll do the same.


  1. I like your points "He saw them"; and that song "sometimes he calms the storm and sometimes he calms his child. Thanks for sharing.

    Rosie@Home and Heartwork

  2. Jennifer, Your post was so good.
    We all go through storms in our lives huh? Yet our Lord gives us what we need to get through them if He doesn't calm them.

    My poem on my blog post called "The Storm", was my way of saying these same things.

    God is bigger than any storm! Amen?

    Thanks, you are a blessing!

    Love, Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  3. What a beautiful post...full of His truth. Thank you so much for sharing this. He does give us what we need to endure the storm...sometimes He calms the storm to a whisper, leading us to our desired haven...and sometimes He calms us and carries us through the storm, filling our soul with His perfect peace. I'm so glad you shared this on Tuesday's Together...and I love your blog title!

    Blessings to you...

  4. I love this: He knew exactly where their little boat was and what the circumstances were around them and how their little faith had been swallowed by the sea. And He kept watch on them. Surely, the presence of a storm did not mean God was not in control.Excellent post!

  5. Oh how precious. Wonderful reminder that His eyes are on us!
    Thanks so much for sharing this today.
    Sweet Blessings

  6. What a beautiful post...you are so right! We've been through quite a few storms in our family over the past 3-4 years. How comforting it is to know God sees us and is there for us. This also reminds me of the chorus to the song, "The Anchor Holds."

    "The anchor holds
    Though the ship is battered
    The anchor holds
    Though the sails are torn
    I have fallen on my knees
    As I faced the raging seas
    The anchor holds
    In spite of the storm"
    Thanks so much for commenting on my post. Please visit me again, anytime!


  7. Jennifer, you of all people know just how dark the night can get; you've been through storms that most of us cannot imagine. The devastation afterwards had to be hard to overcome. But with His help and by His grace, here you stand. I think you've done an amazing.. AMAZING.. job of keeping your eyes on Him, at least from what I can see from here. Beautiful post... thank you.

  8. Amen! What a beautiful post, Jennifer! When I am going through a storm and we all know they come and go many times during this journey in life...I will say over and over, "Remain peaceful in every storm, then I will have autority over the storm." It really does help to come me down a bit.

    Again, this was such a great post! Thanks!

  9. Remembering the promise with you...."He sees us" . Thank you for sharing so honestly from your heart. He does know and He does see and that gives me great comfort as well. Blessings!