Mark 6:52 is a verse I want to frame. It gives me such hope and reminds me that I am not expected to be perfect or have perfect faith. Couldn’t we all use that reminder?
Earlier in the chapter, Jesus fed the 5,000. The disciples had no idea of His plan and were amazed along with the crowd. Wow! Jesus is the real deal! Can you even imagine being there and witnessing this miracle? You would never doubt God’s power again. Ever. Just like the disciples.
They doubted a few hours later.
Right after feeding all those people, Jesus sent the disciples off in a boat so He could go alone to pray. A storm came up, so Jesus walked on the water to their boat and calmed the storm (more miracles!) They thought Jesus was a ghost and were terrified. Uh, guys? Really?
Finally, we get to verses 51 and 52. “Then He climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.” They pretty much had all but forgotten Jesus multiplying food once the next trauma started. They didn’t turn away from Jesus, but their hearts were dulled.
Don’t you love hearing about when other people mess up and prove that you’re not the only one? Especially when it is in a bigger way? Jesus had just finished performing a miracle in front of their faces and their faith soon vanished. Poof. “Oh no, we’re in a storm and a ghost is coming out to get us!” Sure, it wasn’t part of Jesus’ repertoire to walk on water, but His possible presence wasn’t even on their radar. No where does it say the disciples thought it might be Jesus coming toward them, but they weren’t sure. No. They went straight to ghost.
I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel better to know I am in good company. Jesus comes into my life and makes something amazing happen that can only be from Him. I am amazed. Elated. Ecstatic. Until I’m not. Until I have forgotten what He had just done because the next crisis looms large.
If you have days of doubt or forgetfulness, take heart. You aren’t the only one. Just start remembering.
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