Intimacy with Christ: “There Were Other Boats with Him”
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
“Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.” Prior to and during the time Jesus stopped the squall and waves, by this time the disciples were loaded to the brim with Stimuli- their minds, hands, eyes all racing in all manner of direction.
The howl of the wind, the billows of water crashing into their boat, voices in the background in a panic, the look of dread and horror on faces, and they likely glanced over to Jesus at least a dozen times with a deeply disturbed question mark on their forehead- “Is Jesus awake yet?” And then there were “Other boats with him.” When the Lord Jesus chose the 12 it wasn’t an exclusionary club or anything like that. When Jesus said, “come unto me” he wasn’t asking the 12 to do umpteen salvation-alter-calls before they could be sure they were “with Him.” No, whosoever comes and whosoever came were “with Him.”
Somehow the other boats came to learn that the Lord Jesus and His disciples were headed across to the other side. So, they joined Jesus. The disciples in the boat alone with Jesus couldn’t be blamed for not going it alone or thinning out the crowd for His sake as they hit the waters.
They were all in-charge of getting the Lord Jesus to the other side- and so His Majesty had extra boats with Him. At least that is on the human side of things which Jesus was both son of man and Son of God. Fully man with men, fully Immanuel “with” His followers, and a Gift to the whole earth; His divinity didn’t distance itself so far away from mankind that he didn’t allow purely “man-ish” things to happen. In some ways, I surmise- that during those peak moments of the squall it would be an interest to the disciples with the Lord Jesus how the other boats were doing- but, they’d have little time to see if they could see and hear anything at all except the loud calls of the others with them trying to save the boat.
Why would Jesus sleep in a storm that threatened lives? How could he? And it wasn’t just his boat in need, “other boats” were “with Him.” So many people aren’t just responsible for their own selves. Rather, when the life-squalls hit they have others to consider. Right now we have more single parents in Canada than any other time- around 1.64 million. And, like the Lord Jesus, they weren’t in-charge of just their inside-circle; they were “in-charge” (term used loosely) of the others around them too. CEOs aren’t responsible just of the VP, Treasurer, and every other worker and assets down their chain of command. From the single parent to the successful CEO or Prime Minister or President- they all need Resources that would meet the Squalls of Life and Liberty.
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were more than sufficient for the demands that faced his followers and protectors. If God looks and sounds dead- never you mind how things seem- if you have a squall run to the cross and cling to Jesus calling on his name and being assured that in the small picture and big picture He still had the whole world in His hands and has your very best in mind even if He takes you the long way around to just that. Intimacy with Jesus Christ doesn’t always take place in our tiny circles, sometimes it includes others “outside of our circle” like a bridge over many waters.