The picture above is Mt. Arbel in Israel. We had the privilege to drive up most of the way, then hike up to a high point when we were there recently. As you can see, the views are incredible. As I stood looking out towards the Sea of Galilee, my mind went to the passage in Mark 6 –
45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.
46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.
We don’t know what mountain Jesus went to to pray, but it could have been this one. I pictured Jesus coming up to a place like this to talk to His Father, perhaps about the miraculous feeding of the 5,000 that had just taken place, and then also praying for the disciples, who were at that time out in the boat, getting ready to encounter a storm.
No matter if it was this mountain or another, Jesus could see them because He is God. He knew they were rowing as it says in verse 48 –
And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them:
Last week when I was on Mt. Arbel, I could see the water, but it was too far away for me to see people and they certainly couldn’t see me. When the disciples were on the Sea of Galilee, they couldn’t see Jesus. I wonder if they asked themselves where Jesus was? Did anyone say, “Why didn’t He come with us?!” It doesn’t matter, because
He saw them.
He cared about their storm.
He came near.
When He came, He revealed Himself as Who He was – the One who had power over the storm. He was the only One that could help them and He did, at just the right moment.
Do you feel today as though you’re in a storm-tossed boat? Are you wondering where Jesus is? Are you wondering if He’s forgotten you? He hasn’t! He cannot! He is God. He sees, He cares, and He is nearer than you even understand.
And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.
51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure…
Jesus comforted the disciples with His voice. He encouraged them by telling them He was there. You have His Word on it too – Hebrews 13:5 I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. See also Isaiah 43:2 – Joshua 1:9.
The world and your flesh may say that Jesus doesn’t care, but you must turn a deaf ear, and listen to the Truth of His Word instead.
Acknowledge His presence and watch to see what He will do as the God Who is able to do exceeding, abundantly above what you may ask or think.