In the last couple of weeks we have been told repeatedly, ‘We’re all in the same boat.’ Politicians, NHS experts, and last night even the weatherman all shared this same picture.
I have amused myself trying to imagine this boat – a family in a small rowing boat, fishermen on a Lowestoft trawler or thousands in a quarantined pleasure cruiser?
Jesus’ friends and followers were often in the same boat:
Their boat is in a violent storm. They panic, but Jesus is asleep, apparently unaware of all that is going on. In a situation where everything is apparently out of control Jesus brings peace – both to the weather and to his friend’s.
They are in the boat in the middle of the night. They think they see a ghost but it is Jesus walking to them on the water. One friend, Peter, tries the impossible – to walk on the water towards Jesus. Initially he succeeds, but then he sinks. Jesus returns with him to the boat.
They are in their boat fishing. Sad and confused by Jesus death they have been out all night they have caught nothing. A man on the shore shouts out to them to throw their nets in to the water again. Their nets are full to breaking point, and, recognising the man is Jesus, they talk with him.
We’re all in the same boat.
Our boat may be in storms where we need calm and peace.
Our boat may require us to step out of our comfort zone to do the apparently impossible.
Our boat may include our confusion and frustration following death or disappointment;
We’re all in the same boat. Faith brings Jesus into the boat with us, bringing control, peace, strength, encouragement and restoring relationships.