“And after He had dismissed the multitudes, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. When it was evening, He was still there alone. And in the fourth watch [between 3:00–6:00 a.m.] of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea” Matthew 14:23, 25
A miracle of unfathomable multiplication just happened. More than 5000 men, women and children were fed with an available five loaves and two fishes. Disciples marvelled, people were full and Jesus once again ran the show as a man. But, this miracle called His Spirit to yearn more for the Father. Once everyone ate and were full, Jesus dismissed the crowd and let his disciples to go ahead; while He went into spend secret time with His Father.
By the time He finished praying, the boat was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. The Shalom (Peace that surpasses understanding) that Jesus experienced after being with His Father, got Him to walk on the water that was raging high because of storms and wild waves.
Sometimes, we need to withdraw ourselves from the massive attention we get or the routine that we have with so many people around. We need to hunger and thirst so much for His presence that soon after a big miracle; when storms hit, our hearts must be guarded with Peace that comes from His heart. Else, we will sink and never be able to walk on the rough circumstances that show up. Yes, the boat rowed ahead. We would be left behind. We wouldn’t fit it. We may have to let go off the praises and alarms that can follow after a stunning show. We may have to let others walk ahead. We may have to embrace the loneliness that will only be taken away with the Father’s presence.
So what? This yielding will only take us to accelerate into the destiny and purpose that God has for us. A rest with God, makes you walk on water that others are struggling to row on. A rest with God, reaches you quicker to His purposes. A rest with God, will silence every wind and waves. A rest with God, will help you maintain bigger victories in Christ.