The Lord will give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, but your Teacher will no longer hide Himself—with your own eyes you will see Him. And whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind: “This is the way.” Isaiah 30:20-21
There will be a future date, far beyond the life of Isaiah, when Jesus and his disciples are in a boat in the middle of the sea. The opposite shore is nowhere in sight. It is dark and the sea is churning. Uncertainty and fear overtake them. At that moment, Jesus appears and is walking toward them on top of the water. They had just seen Him feed five thousand people with one small meal yet this sight is beyond comprehension. His power continually surprises them.
Jesus, knowing their fear, “It’s Me. Don’t be afraid.” Like a child whose parent shows up to take care of everything, their fears turn to calm. Pounding heartbeats normalize. Adrenalin subsides.
All of us are navigating our lives. Often, there’s no light on our path. Wisdom for the next step is completely elusive. The shore is behind us. Everything familiar is out of sight. Today, we are certainly in these uncharted waters, feeling inadequate. The sea is churning. Passages are difficult. Fears are intensifying and rational thoughts are no longer constant. The roar of the waves bombard our senses and functioning normally is not an option right now.
Where is Jesus? He is in view and asks to be invited into the boat. His words can be heard even in the midst of the storm. “It’s Me. Don’t be afraid.” Adversity and affliction are a sure thing in this world as long as I’m on this side of heaven. But what a promise today’s scripture delivers. He has not hidden Himself from His disciples. When sought, He will be found. The eyes of our Spirit see Him and He, alone, is our anchor.
Never has a voice been as sweet as Yours, Lord, heard beneath the noise of my life. Amen