“Sometimes God will strip you of everything you think you need, to bring you to the place where you discover afresh, He is what you need!” Christine Caine
I read that quote this morning and my heart went there again, to “the place where you discover afresh”.
To the place where you discover you’ve been running in the wrong direction.
To the place where you acknowledge everything you’ve been hanging onto has only left you empty.
To the place where you finally understand that pain can’t be swept under a rug or locked away in the darkness forever.
To the place where fear churns fiercely inside you, panic is all-consuming and your heart cries out for One who is stronger than the raging sea and mightier than the place.
I’ve been reading through the Book of John again this month. This morning I reread the passages in John 6 when the disciples were trapped out on a boat and they saw Jesus walking towards them on the water.
“When evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. Darkness had already set in, but Jesus had not yet come to them. Then a high wind arose, and the sea began to churn. After they had rowed about three or four miles,they saw Jesus walking on the sea. He was coming near the boat, and they were afraid.” But He said to them, “It is I.Don’t be afraid!” Then they were willing to take Him on board, and at once the boat was at the shore where they were heading.” John 6: 16-21
Darkness had already set in, but Jesus had not yet come to them. This is the sentence that wraps itself around my heart each time I read this account. This morning when I read it, I thought about Christine’s quote again.
“Sometimes God will strip you of everything you think you need, to bring you to the place where you discover afresh, He is what you need!”
The disciples were brought to the place. The disciples had been stripped of all they thought they needed.
What did they have instead? Confusion and panic far from the safety of the shore, a ferocious, unpredictable sea, and a ghostly figure doing the unimaginable…walking towards them through the darkness.
Darkness had already set in, but Jesus had not yet come to them.
I wrote about this sentence awhile back. Sharing those thoughts again today.
Sometimes Jesus allows the darkness to show up in our lives in order to soften our hearts, stretch our faith, and open our eyes to who we desperately need in the boat with us.
It was the absence of light, the chaotic seas, and losing sight of the shore when the disciples were reminded again of who and what they needed most in their lives. It was this vulnerable state combined with a Savior who spoke timely truth that calmed their fears and prompted the disciples to invite Jesus into their situation.
Today if you feel as if the darkness has already set in but Jesus has not yet come…consider this…maybe He’s not late. Maybe He’s right on time. Maybe He’s standing right there next to your rocking world just waiting for the invitation to climb in the boat.