Daily Dose, March 19 — R&R


Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake. But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’

 Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’ (Matthew 14:22-23)

I like live music. As a musician myself, I’ve always enjoyed seeing music - and the musicians that make it - live and in person. One of my favorite performances by one of my favorite bands is of a song called “Restore My Soul.” I won’t bore you with the details of the live setting, but I am reminded of how important the idea is. RESTORE. When we spend time away, we have an opportunity to ask God to restore our souls. We can invite him to recharge a battery that exists within each of us. It’s a battery that none of us can really charge on our own. When I had the opportunity to visit Israel, my favorite location of all the places we visited was a small cleft in a rock above the Sea of Galilee. It was here that I could almost feel Jesus’ presence. It was here that I was reminded that even he took the time to pray…to have his soul restored and seek the presence of his father. It was here that I was drawn away from the busy-ness of many of the other locations on the trip: of our tour group, of how I could use this in a sermon, of how I might want to buy a souvenir. It was here that I simply found myself resting in the presence of God. It was here that I felt myself being restored. Rest - and restoration - are critical for us! Jesus knew this, and he modeled it for us. If you keep reading beyond our verses for today you’ll see that Jesus stepped immediately into a storm when he left his place of prayer. I don’t know what “storm” I may step into tomorrow, but I know I’ll be better prepared and equipped to step into it if I’ve given God time to restore my soul! --Rev. Brad Greene