Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray. When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 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. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 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.” Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened. (Mark 6:45-52, NRSV)
He intended to pass them by.
Even though He saw them struggling with the oars. And they were straining against the wind.
He was going to go around them to meet them on the other side.
But they saw Him. Or they saw something possibly were giving up their fight against the oars and the wind because of fear.
And He advised them it was just their master walking on the water. For they didn’t get who He really is.
And I wonder do we?
Sometimes we wish Jesus would jump in and save us, but it is in the struggle that our faith grows. It is in the darkness that His light is seen clearly.
Sometimes in order for us to grow we need to be under the impression He isn’t there, even though He is walking on the water next to us.
So do not be afraid if He is walking by, He is only helping your trust and faith in Him to grow.