Jesus could walk on the water because he created the water – he could make it do anything he wanted.
Jesus could feed five thousand people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish because he created bread and fish. He could make them do anything he wanted.
Both of these things are impossible for us because we are not God.
Sometimes we try to act like God – we try very hard to control the world around us. This sin goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. That’s what Eve wanted – she wanted to be like God.
So all of our efforts to control the world just cause anger, frustration and disappointment for us.
The lesson God has for us – if we choose to learn it – is that God is the only one in control. When we truly let him take control of our lives, we find the peace and contentment that God wants us to have.
I was able to visit Israel earlier this year and spent an afternoon on the Sea of Galilee (pictures). We saw the place where Jesus fed the 5000. We spent several hours in the middle of the sea, imagining the figure of Jesus walking out on the water towards us and watching our ship captain show us how the disciples fished with a net.
We are so blessed to have the Word of God available to us 24/7. We know the historical accounts of Jesus’ life here on earth and we have his role-model for how we should live our lives.
Jesus created all of this – he knows how it should work. Jesus reminds us through his word today to take courage and don’t be afraid. We just need to give up trying to control everything and trust him.
God’s got this!
Thank you, dear Father!