November 19, 2021 – Mark 6: 45-52 – Miracles

Today we are reading from Mark 6: 45-52

45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

47 When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. 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.” 51 Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

CS Lewis wrote a great book, well, many great books. But this one I’m thinking of is called Miracles.  This book talks about how as Christians, part of our belief is in the miraculous.  It is a core part of our faith.  We serve a God who became flesh, died for our sins, and rose again.  Miracles are at the very core of what we believe.  

We believe them in scripture, but often we don’t believe them or look for them in the every day, regular life we live.  We think that miracles are reserved for days of old, not something that happens today, or each day.  

In many ways, we become like the disciples in the text today, we can miss the miracles that God has for us, or because our hearts are hardened.  We have to always be looking, and if we do, we will see the miracles all around. 

God is not a far off or a distant God.  God is a present God.  God is a God at work in human affairs and in our every day life.  God is at work.  God is working.  God will work. 

We just have to look.  

Today, look for the miracles in your life.  Maybe it won’t be the Lord walking on water.  But it will be something.  It will.  Look.  You will find.  They almost missed.  Let’s not make that same mistake.   

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