In my prayerful reading of the book of Mark, it seems that Jesus is speaking directly to me over and over. Most recently, in chapter 6, the disciples are terrified when they saw Him walking past them on the sea. They thought it was a ghost! Jesus immediately sets them straight — “Take heart; it is I.” Then He adds, “Do not be afraid.”
I realize how often I need to hear those words. Christ is at work in the world, but I don’t always recognize Him. I see chaos, problems, uncertainty, and like the disciples, I am frightened. What I fail to remember is that Jesus is with me and He is in control. As Psalm 23 puts it:
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
And in the book of Romans, the apostle Paul says:
” If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
The King of the universe is on my side, not acting as a giant gum ball machine, to fulfill my every craving, but working everything (even the bad, scary things) out for my good. (Romans 8:28). He will never abandon me, any more than a mother would abandon her nursing child (Isaiah 49:50). I don’t have to be anxious because He is our rock and our fortress (Psalm 18:2).
No matter what is going on, I can rest in His peace and His presence, as He tells me:
“Take heart; it is I.”
For more on the gospel of Mark see:
We Never Saw Anything Like This!
Pay Attention to What You Hear