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Surprises – Day 15

John 6:19

When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened.

The Thought

Life with Jesus could be exciting and scary all at the same time. This must have been one of the scariest surprises the disciples had in their time as His followers on the earth. As they rowed, they must have been pondering and discussing the surprise they had just experienced. The miracle of five thousand men (not counting women and children!) being fed from one boy’s generous action in sharing his picnic lunch; just five barley loaves and two small fish (John 6:5-14). Life with Jesus was one surprise after another. It still can be!

Jesus often surprised His followers with what He did, what He said, and His reactions in certain situations, but when they saw Him from their storm buffeted boat, they were afraid. Fear often surprises us when something unusual happens. We humans like to be in control of our situations, and most of us don’t cope well with surprises, especially those that seem scientifically impossible.

More surprises were to follow!

As soon as Jesus got into the boat, they reached the other side of the lake (John 6:21)! No more rowing against the wind, and fighting the rough waves! Suddenly they arrived! How nice that would be for some of us who travel a lot.


Think today about that boy who offered his picnic lunch to Jesus. He must have been amazed at what happened through his simple generous act. Jesus can do the same with the things we offer Him. Reflect on that as you go through your day today.

Pray for Jesus to “get in the boat with you” whatever you are doing. Pray that He will help you to complete your tasks today with efficiency. Praise Him as He does so.

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