“Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.” John 6:21

Happy Friday, good people. I came across this verse the other day, relating the story of Jesus walking on water. Now, I have always focused on the miracle of Jesus walking on water in this story. I mean, how can you not? He walked on water!

Recently reading the novel-turned-movie The Shack, by Wm. Paul Young, there is a scene in the story where Jesus shows the main character, Mack, how to walk on water. In that story, I was struck by the incredibly simple act that walking on water was for Mack-because he trusted in Jesus. He thought there was no way that he would be able to stay on top of the water in his mortal, human state. But, just by holding Jesus’ hand, he was able to stay on top of the water and not sink. Incredible.

It is mind-blowing that such a daunting task could be made so simple through an act of trust; of faith; of love. That is exactly what I think about when I read these words out of John, also. The real miracle of this story, in my mind, was that a simple act of trust; of faith; of love, by the disciples made all the difference.

See, before they “were willing to take him into the boat”, the winds and seas were storming; and, the disciples were essentially floating in circles (as I envision it). Wouldn’t you know it, as soon as Jesus climbs aboard, the boat immediately arrives. Incredible.

As humans, it is so natural to want to go it alone-to have that fortitude and know-how to just make it happen. I find myself doing it all the time! And, as I read this verse over and over again, I have to chuckle; because, it. is. so. simple. Without him, we are only human. With him, we are incredible.

It makes me ask myself, “what acts of trust; of faith; of love, do I need to perform today?”. Knowing that this kind of action can produce miracles, I am eager to answer the question. Having racked my brain, but not arriving on anything concrete yet, I will keep asking. For now, I find strength in this verse, knowing it is leading me to the answer.

Jackson Dreiling