“Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, but he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here! “Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!” John 6:18-21 NLT

Storms can come unexpectedly especially when you’re looking for Jesus. But every storm is not necessarily a bad thing. Some storms are necessary to get you to the other side of your situation.

The disciples were looking for Jesus. He had pulled away from the crowd because he was tired of transactional relationships. They just wanted Jesus for the bread he fed them. Jesus will not stay with a group of people that just want him for bread. Man cannot live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

The disciples went looking for Jesus because they knew him to be the bread of life. Jesus had withdrawn to go to the other side of the lake. When they got into the boat a gale wind came upon them.

A gale wind was a burst of fresh wind that blew 35-63mph! They had rowed three to five miles out into the middle of the water when the wind hit. Sometimes it’s not until you out in the middle of your pursuit of Jesus that you get hit!

Before we get upset about the wind, look at what it blew in.

1.      Jesus came walking on the water. Jesus told the disciples, “Don’t be afraid. I am here with you!” Jesus will show up in storms especially when he sees that the wind is against you and you are looking for him. Seek and you will find! When God knows that you are looking for Jesus even a storm can’t keep Jesus from finding you.
2.      Jesus will step in your boat. The disciples wanted Jesus to get into their storm-tossed boat. Every now and then the wind will blow Jesus into your boat. John states that the disciples were eager to get Jesus in their boat.
3.      When Jesus got in the boat they immediately arrived at their destination. Jesus is the wind! When he steps in the boat they arrive. We prolong our storms when we refuse to let Jesus in our boat.

Dear God,

Thank you for a tailwind and not a headwind. It’s time for this storm of change to come to an end. There’s been a wind blowing through New Direction and we are ready to get to the other side of this. Thank you for stepping in at just the right time.

In Jesus’ Name,