The Fourth Watch

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One of my favorite biblical accounts is when Peter walks on water.

But… that’s not what I want to write about today.

Anyone remember what happened right before then? Anyone, anyone?

Well I’ll tell ya.

We might find ourselves earnestly struggling, doubting, in fear, and maybe even ready to abort ship because it seems like the safest option. When we are at this point we needn’t worry, chances are the fourth watch is near.

Right before Christ appeared unto his disciples they found themselves in a “sea”-rious situation (yes, I know… bad joke). They were right smack in the middle of the sea, which just so happened to be teeming with waves, oh, and not to mention the wind wasn’t cooperating.

 

It is right at this point, amidst the waves and blowing wind that he appears. And this is where it gets good because do you know when he came? During the fourth watch (which essentially is right before dawn).

Now here is the thing, we all experience these “storms”. These storms may come through work, relationships, internal struggles, mental disease, physical illness, or any other form. Raging storms, earthquakes, billowing winds can, and will come. Many times it might feel as though our ship will capsize as we feel the waves entering and crashing at our feet.

It is at this time that we are to remember that Christ came at the fourth watch.

His disciples had been “toiling in rowing”, probably even for several hours. They had to first face the storm before the Savior came.

Many times it will be the same with us. We might find ourselves earnestly struggling, doubting, in fear, and maybe even ready to abort ship because it seems like the safest option. When we are at this point we needn’t worry, chances are the fourth watch is near.

The Lord will not always come to our rescue the very moment we need him, we might not see miracles happen immediately, or have our prayers answered straightaway. Sometimes the Lord waits until the fourth watch, not because he wants to see us suffer but because there is something he wants us to learn, and faith he wants us to exercise.

In the raging storms of our lives, may we take comfort and know that just as “he saw them”, his disciples, he sees and is aware of us, and when he comes, “the ship; and the wind” will cease and we will be amazed beyond measure at what he has done, and will continue to do for us.

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