The Other Side
Mark 4:35 "On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side." NKJV
It was a simple statement. "Let us cross over to the other side." Many of the disciples had sailed the Sea of Galilee before. They had fished the waters and endured some of the bad weather that often came onto the sea. Yet when Jesus asked them to cross over to the other side, they were not aware of the lesson in faith that Jesus was about to share with them.
Mark 4:37-38 "And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, 'Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?'" NKJV
While crossing to the other side, Jesus fell asleep on the boat. During his nap, the disciples experienced a terrible storm. I may not be a sailor, but I know that the water should remain on the outside of the boat and in this instance, it wasn't. Frightened by the event, the disciples woke Jesus up and expressed their fear. Immediately, Jesus spoke to the wind and waves and the sea became calm. You see friend, the disciples had lost sight of Jesus' words. He told them before leaving that their destination was "the other side." He didn't promise them still waters the whole time, but he did tell them they would get to their destination. The same is true with our lives. If you have been born again, then you have been given the promise of "the other side." Nothing can take that from you. You may encounter storms, but in the end, Jesus will pronounce peace, and you will find yourself on the other side, at the feet of Jesus Himself.
Life Lesson: Jesus is our peace during the storms of life.
Thank You for Your peace and for Your promise of Heaven. Help me to keep my mind focused on eternity so that I will not lose hope here on Earth. Fill me with Your Spirit and use my life to share God's peace with the world. In Jesus' name, Amen.