Kind of a cheesy image but it comes close to my dilemma of belief about the account in Matthew 14 about Jesus, and Peter, walking on the sea. In Matthew 14:24 is says the guys were having trouble "far away from land, for a strong wind had risen and they were fighting heavy waves."
Now this was at 3:00 a.m.. It was dark, no moonlight because we assume the strong winds were from a storm that had blown in. They didn't have weather.com to check to see what the weather was going to be like on their trip across the large lake. I've seen the Sea of Galilee and it is a very large lake...
Matthew 14:13-21 tells the story of Jesus, after being followed by a big crowd of people to a remote area on the shores of Galilee, feeding over 5000 people with only 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread.
It's a pretty simple story--there was a need and Jesus took care of it. He multiplied what was available and had his helpers distributed it to the masses.
Matthew 14 tells the story of John the Baptist's death by King Herod's hand. Jesus grew up with John - they were close buddies. So when Jesus was told of John's death, he was saddened and Matthew 14: 13 says he took off alone in a boat to a remote area, I'm sure to spend some time morning and thinking about his friend John.
Jesus is speaking to a crowd in parables (Matt 13). His disciples asked why He spoke this way and Jesus said it was so that those that could hear would hear His intent and those who could not hear would not. Some would "get it" and some would not. What made the difference was each individual's HEART.
Jesus quotes Isaiah 6:9-10
As my first blog under "Devotional," I just wanted to convey a little about where I'm at in my view of life. It's not that complicated -- I actually try to keep it as simple as possible because I am not brilliant and don't multi-task well. KISS is my moto: Keep It Simple, Stupid. My writing skills are marginal. My wife, Marsha, a journalism graduate from the University of Kansas, edits most of my fishing reports, mainly because they're posted on our business site for all to see. This blog, not so much.