~ another day of week 1 ~
As I am reading through Mark, I read parable after parable. God shares a parable with the multitudes and then He shares the meaning with a few. The parables speak of natural things that can lead to supernatural understanding. Back then, He spoke about planting seeds and candles under a basket. Now, I think He would have talked about commuting to work and smart phones. My mind doesn’t think in the way of parables. I like the meaning Jesus shared with the few. I like to skip ahead to the supernatural. But the supernatural happens in the every day. The supernatural happens in the every day.
After hours or days of sharing the unknown through messages of what was known, Jesus retreated with His few to the sea. When I think of retreat, I think of peace. Jesus often sought His retreat by getting into a boat to rest at sea. This is also where Jesus revealed the deeper meaning of His parable messages. At least it seems this was God’s plan. But, frankly, I am not sure what is worse . . . on the land, Jesus has the multitudes seeking Him and constantly yearning for more. On the sea (where He is seeking retreat and peace), He’s got Peter sinking, others freaking out every time the boat rocks in a storm and repeated lack of understanding of the deeper meaning of the parables (and everything else) He shares with them. Peace at sea?
God, however, did keep His peace because He is peace. He is our peace and He is our brother. Because He was fully human for a time, we can connect with Him in a personal way. When I think of Jesus at sea, I imagine that the Creator probably connected with the water, the flow of it, the open space all around Him. The heavens up above Him. I think He found His otherworldly community at sea. I think out on the boat, He experienced the community of the Trinity. Of course, God doesn’t have to find community or the Trinity because He is both. But, in the way I understand, being out at sea for Him was what we call a prayer closet or quiet time with God.
The parables may continue to mystify me. But, following God’s example makes sense to me. I am Florida grown and when I look out into the blue ocean with lighter blue skies behind, with the warmth all around me, I experience peace. My life and my circumstances sometimes mystify me, but when I get into a boat or a prayer closet for quiet time, I experience the Trinity. I know that peace is present. There is peace on land and peace at sea. Supernatural peace happens in the every day.