Is Jesus Passing by You:

       I have always enjoyed reading the stories about Jesus walking on Water – especially the one when Peter steps out of the boat to meet him on the Water.  One of my favorite books is “If you want to walk on Water – You have to get out of the Boat” – this is a powerful read for men who need a spark to get them going.
           But the story below is a different time when Jesus walked on the Water – Jesus had just fed the 5000 and then sent His Disciples ahead of him in the Boat…
          Here is the story:
Mark 6:45-51 – Jesus Walks on the Water
45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, Walking_on_Water002to Beth-sa′ida, while he dismissed the crowd.  46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.  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; have no fear.”  51 And he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded,
      I was visiting with a Pastor Friend of mine (Pastor Grant) and his study group were going over this – but he mentioned that there is a part that stood out this time that he had not noticed before.    Jesus did not plan on walking to the Boat to be with the Disciples – he had meant to pass by them…    HUH>….   I had never read it that way either…  but there it is.    What is amazing is that Jesus did not come to them until they had cried out…  and then he was able to comfort them.
           Now I had to look at myself and ask – How many times do I do this?   I bet more times then I want to know…     Nick is our Artist for GMM and he has put together this piece of art that we will be giving away in November.  It is a Heart with a door on it and when you open the door there is a Cross made out of wrenches.   Again how many times do I close that door on Jesus – and he has the tools to make it better.
           We must learn to cry out for Jesus at all times – that would be in the Good and the Bad…   He is our Light and has all the tools to comfort us – but most of all to enhance that relationship that we should have with Him.  I have a really good friend (Tom) and he has this amazing Relationship with Jesus at the present time that is out of this world.   As I have told him – it is something extremely special and when you meet him – You meet Jesus…   At the present time he too would be crying out for Jesus to lead him towards the future that Christ has in store for him.
          Like Tom – we should all have that same type of Relationship with Jesus….

 So are you Crying out for Jesus or is He just going to pass by You.

If you want the comfort that only comes through Him – You better start crying out now and really LOUD.