47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 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, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 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.” – Mark 6:47-50
Have you ever read a passage that you have read so many times before and noticed something “new.” Not that it wasn’t there before, but you never noticed it for some reason. I have been working on Mark for our Thursday night Bible study group at church, and here it was. Jesus sees that they are having trouble getting across the sea. So He comes out to rescue them, but then Mark says that He would have gone right by them, like He was going to tiptoe past and just let them deal with the problem or something. But they saw Him and started to panic, thinking He was a ghost. Would He have stopped if they hadn’t noticed Him walking by? We will never know for sure, but I can’t imagine that He would have just ignored them completely. Either way, we know what happened next. Jesus calmed their fears and then He calmed the storm. In the same way, He can calm your fears and calm your storms. He won’t just walk on by.