“Immediately he [Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.” (Matthew 14:22, NRSV)
The first time we left our daughter longer than a couple of days I kept a straight face, but deep inside, I was a wreck. Megan and I went on a trip to Mexico, and our daughter stayed the week with my mom. And even though I knew she would be safe, cared for, and loved, I was still a wreck. “Will she be okay without us for this long?”
I can hear what you’re thinking, “Just wait until she goes to college.”
I’m not sure I can handle that.
In the scene from Matthew 14, Jesus sends his disciples on without him. As the story continues, a storm arises on the Sea of Galilee, and the disciples are unsure if they will make it to the other side. Of course, this is what would happen as soon as Jesus sends them off on their own.
He sends them out of the metaphorical nest.
The story provides a glimpse into what it would look like for the disciples to be on their own. While the disciples were on the boat being battered by water and wind, Jesus was by himself praying. It is not until morning that Jesus sets out to meet the disciples.
Jesus is not the anxious parent sending his child to grandma’s house for the week. Jesus is confident in his disciples. They can handle this. They will be okay on their own.
Sometimes when we think about sharing the good news with others, we feel as if we are being sent out on our own. We have that anxious feeling of uncertainty about whether or not we can really do this. Can we tell others about Jesus? What if they ask a hard question?
This may easily cause us not to share good news with others.
But, Jesus is confident in us, his disciples.
In what ways are you anxious about sharing your faith with others?
Lord, though we do not always acknowledge it in ourselves, you are confident in us as your disciples. Calm our storms of anxiety so that we may share our faith with confidence. Amen.