There’s an account of John Wesley sailing for the first time in his life. Crossing the ocean to the American colonies, Wesley, along with a group of English and German Moravians, encounters three life-threatening storms. Wesley records the last and most violent storm in this account: “The sea spilled over the ship, split the mainsail, and poured between the decks as if the great deep had already swallowed us up.”
It is written that the English screamed for their lives while the German Moravians sang psalms.
In John 6:16-21 The disciples’ fear didn’t subside until Jesus was in the boat. It’s not enough to see the works of Jesus or even hear the words of Jesus; He must be invited in each circumstance of our lives.
When Jesus sees the disciples he calls out, “It is I, be not afraid.” The text then reads in verse 21, “Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.”
What is interesting is that the text doesn’t say that the wind stopped. It just says that they immediately arrived at their destination. As soon as Jesus is in the boat, they found themselves safely to where they needed to be.
The emphasis is on inviting Jesus into the boat. Note that Jesus doesn’t invite Himself. He simply tells them that they do not need to be afraid. Those who have Jesus in their boat will get to where they need to be, but those who are merely onlookers may see the miracles but will continue to row against the wind and waves.
Won’t you invite Him in today?