Psalm 119:105 – Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light to my path. (KJV)
Have you ever thought of the same old Bible stories as boring, since you've read them so often? Amazingly, after years of reading, I noticed two things in a recent reading about Jesus stilling the storm. The Bible tells it this way:
Mark 4:36-39 – Leaving the crowd behind, they took [Jesus] 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. (NIV)
The first insight I noticed was that the disciples took Jesus as He was. I wonder how that was: maybe dusty, needing His hair combed, or needing a bath — definitely tired — yet they accepted Him as was.
Secondly, there were other boats. No one ever mentions that. Can we imagine that they, too, were grateful for the calm? If they weren't close enough to witness Jesus performing the miracle, chances are that it was the first topic of conversation when they reached shore. The disciples would fill them in on the details.
How wonderful it is to see something new in a reading we've done or heard numerous times over the years! His Word is fresh every day.
Prayer: Lord, forgive us for skimming over Your Word. We can find treasures there our whole life through, if only we look. Thank You for this. Amen.