Missing the Master

4 Nov

Miss the Master?

Allow Him to walk right by?

Surely, we wouldn’t think of doing such a thing. If Jesus was present, we would definitely notice Him. Right?

I’d like to think I would, but through a small passage in Mark chapter six, I discovered how apt I am to do just the opposite.

 “And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men. 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.  And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.”

Mark 6:44-46

The crowds returned home in awe of the Man twelve disciples called Master who took a little boy’s lunch and fed a multitude.

 Those twelve found their ship and settled in for a familiar trip across Galilee while Jesus spent some quiet time with His Father.

All seemed normal until nightfall.

 “And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them:..”

Mark 6:47-48

As strong winds blew violently, the disciples rowed hard. Toiling. Pushing with every ounce of strength they had. These waters were home to nearly half of them, but this storm would prove to be more than even they could handle.

Often, we find ourselves, much like the twelve, rowing hard against the demands and pressures that push us to and fro. We toil. We wonder where the Master is and why He hasn’t calmed the storm that surrounds us.

  “…and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.”

Mark 6:48

And as we put all of our energy into keeping our ship afloat, we almost miss the Master just like the disciples did.

Verse 48 says, “He..would have passed by them!”

They were so focused on the storm that the One who had the power to save them from it almost walked right passed them!

And when they finally notice Him, they don’t even realize who He is!

  “But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled.”

Mark 6:49

As His soothing words calmed their frightened hearts, I wonder if they though about the fact that they almost missed Him.

  “And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased:”

Mark 6:50-51

As quickly as the storm blew in, it ceased it’s raging. The rough waves were still. Their aching arms, the only reminder of the fury that nearly claimed their lives.

I was challenged again by their response to His second miracle in a twenty-four hour period,

“…and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.”

Why did His ability to do such an awesome thing amaze them when He had just fed five-thousand with two loaves and five fish?

Shouldn’t they know by now that their Master was indeed, Master?

You’d think so, but then again we do the same thing. Or at least, I do.

He can bring me through a trying test, answer prayers that seemed impossible to answer, provide when I doubted provision would ever come over and over again. Yet I am still so apt to miss my Master when He does another miracle in my life! 

I am so thankful that He still works even when we miss His working! So thankful that He sees us even when we miss His Presence!

I pray that He would make me more sensitive to His Spirit that I might not miss my Master!


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