PASTOR'S PEN: Upon the waters

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Courtesy photo/Ron Witbeck

This time of the year many find themselves seeking the peace only found ‘Upon The Waters’ whether it be fishing, cruising, jet skiing, etc.  Some may enjoy the refreshment of getting into the water or sunbathing on those sandy beaches caressing the shorelines. To some this becomes a priority that controls most of their free time.

I know personally that just being ‘Upon The Waters’ can be calming, letting the cares of the world drift off as though they were none existent! The relaxing sound of the waves as they come against the side of your boat or your floatation device gently taking you up and down, possibly lulling one to sleep.

‘Upon The Waters’ Jesus taught while in Peter’s boat to those gathered on the shore, there were also times of storms when the Disciples were faced with the fears of drowning. Those were the same waters that provided their livelihood and sometimes used for transportation.     

During those storms they looked to Jesus. On one occasion Jesus was asleep in the stern of the same boat, they woke Him asking to be saved! Then there was the time when they were alone in the middle of a terrifying storm, threatening both loss of their boat and lives, Jesus came walking ‘Upon The Waters’!  

Their first thoughts were they were seeing a ghost, then Jesus spoke to them, filling them with amazement at what they were witnessing. Then with the boldness that only Peter had, he said ‘if’ it is you command me to come to You on the water! Stepping out of the boat, the winds and waves instilled fear in Peter and he began to sink, he called out to Jesus. Jesus stretched out His hand saving Peter, then getting into the boat Jesus calmed the water.

‘Upon The Waters’ in our lives there’s going to be those times of calmness, refreshness, and peace. However, there will be times of storms that may have us feeling helpless and that may give us the same fears that Peter felt. By our reaching out to Jesus, as it tells us in Matthew 11:28-30 ...

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

— Ron Witbeck is an associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids.