Lenten Reflection - Mark 6:47-56 by Barbara Newman
“47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed,52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened. 53 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. 55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.” Mark 6:47-56
Sometimes when I don't understand what God is doing in my life I harden my heart. I don't want to hear Jesus' voice saying: "Fear not."
I am afraid. I don't know how things are going to look. I don't know what will happen next. I want control so I harden my heart. Letting go and letting God is very hard for me. I work on my relationship with God everyday and I am amazed that He gave His son to forgive my sins.
Lent is a time for me to examine this incredible sacrifice and perhaps soften my heart. Maybe during Lent I can loosen my grip and let God run the show. It goes so much better when I do.