it is I; don’t be afraid.

I so want this to be the focus of my days here on earth—to have my eyes and heart on Him. Not afraid. In reality, I get snippets. But I am encouraged, I get more snippets as time goes on!

doodling acts by sue kemnitz

In John 6:16, Jesus states, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” Jesus had just finished showing us what supernatural provision was earlier in John 6, and now – oh my goodness!

The disciples are tired after handing out food all day. Their hearts are full. When I experience Jesus and see Him in “action,” it leaves me without words. Humbled. Thankful. And so I imagine that is how the disciples are feeling.

Peter heading up the gang, tho it doesn’t say. I surmise that because they head to the sea—the “usual” spot to hang for Peter, the fisherman. They all jump in the boat. Their minds are all abuzz and they are still amazed and a little befuddled. In the back of their mind, are they wondering, “Where did Jesus disappear to? We need to cross before the weather changes.”

But they waited a titch too long. The strong winds kick up and they are being tossed too and fro. Thomas chimes in, “I knew we waited too long.” Matthew’s thinking, “There’s a reason I work on dry land…” Judas is grumbling, “Now we have to row…” The boys look longingly at the shore in the distance. And – what is that? No! Who is that? Is it a ghost or an angel? (Superman? Kinda!) It’s Jesus! Jesus! Is He … walking on water? Who, truly, is this?

Indeed, who truly is this Jesus? Who is the one without any limits. The one who can feed 10,000, fix lame legs, who can walk on churning waves, and calls God his Poppa? Who is this?

And they marvel.

This verse has been on my mind lately. “On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.” Psalm 145:5

Who is He for you today? Your Provider? Your Healer? The One who not only talks to the children, but to the wind, too. Meditate on His splendor and His majesty. Keep your eyes on Him. Do not fear. And then you will be glad. And be at the land.

Who is He to you today?

Only believe!
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doodling acts by sue kemnitz

Part of my “doodling acts” series, this vision shows us, as fruit [cherries, I think :)] being sent –
often by challenges in our lives. Similar to the disciples and believers in Stephen’s day.

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    Abundant blessings!

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