Pondering this verse. If you’ve been a reader even for a short time, you know I love to dig into the definitions of the words used in Scripture, whether Hebrew or Greek. A wealth of understanding and insight are hidden in some of those definitions.
For instance. What does cross over mean? It actually means to pass through, to traverse; to travel the road which leads through a place; go, pass, travel through a region. To go through to get to something or somewhere.
To pass through. Makes me think. Jesus didn’t say: let us go to the other side. Other Greek words mean go. He used the word for pass through. Pass through what?
After teaching all day, a tired Jesus beckons to His disciples and says, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” (Mark 4:35 NLT) So the disciples join Him in the boat…
While settling into the hardness of the boat, Jesus finds the softness of a cushion and curls up with it in the boat’s stern. As the sloshing waves rhythmically lick the boat, He falls asleep.
A gentle, warm breeze caresses the disciples’ faces, and then suddenly turns into a fierce, cold blast, slapping them with fury, disrupting the calm of the night.
Shards of lightning pierce the charcoaled night. A turbulent tempest pitches the boat up and down while a billowing surge of waves cants the boat back and forth, flinging the disciples from side to side and filling the boat with sea water.
Terrified, the disciples frantically shake Jesus to awaken Him and shout, “Teacher, don’t you even care that we’re about to drown?”
Jesus got up and sternly reprimanded the wind and said to the sea, “Keep silent! Be muzzled!” Immediately, Jesus’ command calms the frenzied wind, while a vast stillness smoothes the raging sea.
Disappointed, Jesus turns to the drenched and dripping disciples and says, “Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you do not yet have faith?”
Their faith would have taken them safely to the other side, even in the midst of the storm, and anchored them in the harbor.
(Going to the Other Side)
As they passed through the storm, Jesus was with them. Let us pass through, Jesus said. A promised prediction they quickly forgot. Aren’t we the like this?
In the midst of our situation, we become more overwhelmed by fear than by faith. We cry out in distress thinking Jesus does not care or has forgotten His promises.
The Lord is there. All the while. Steering your vessel through uncharted waters of adversity. In the blackest hours. He is your Navigator. He knows the way to the other side. Ride quietly and trust Him. He will not allow the wind and waves to overtake you.
When you encounter a storm, does your faith and obedience to God’s command take you safely to the other side and anchor you in the harbor of refuge?
“They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven.”(Ps. 107:26-30 NIV)
(Going to the Other Side)
Whether the storm rages or is stilled, the Lord is always with us and sees us through our circumstances.
Trust the Lord to see you through your most threatening trial or heartache.