Today’s Gospel of John begins with Jesus withdrawing to the mountain by himself after feeding thousands. The disciples head out on the water and after dark, there is a storm. They spot Jesus walking on the sea and are terrified. Jesus reassures them it is not some ghost, but it is he. Miraculously, once he gets in the boat, they reach land immediately.
I am finding a similar pattern in my life. Do something once per day. This week I chaired a sub-committee meeting for a board I sit on. It felt awesome to be doing a task I love and that seemed so utterly normal. I came home exhilarated but I had to take a nap. I withdrew to a quiet place. I seek silence and prayer often on this journey. Then I find I have energy again and can do more activities. It is kind of a miracle really–not quite like walking on the sea but worthy of applause. I push past the fears and call to others in the process: Do not be afraid. Somehow before I even know it, day is done and I have reached where I am going.