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  • Writer's pictureEli Schnell

The Fastest Boat No One Noticed

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

"So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone. Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing. Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going." -John 6:15-21

Bible readers who come to John’s record of this event may notice a missing detail. In this account, Peter’s momentary water walk is left out (cf. Matt. 14:27ff). Keener eyes, however, will notice something peculiar: a miraculous boat trip in the twenty-first verse. No fanfare is made over this miracle, nor do any of the disciples seem even to notice. Whether John recognized it at the moment or only through inspired recollection, no one could say. Certainly, however, this is still a mostly unnoticed miracle by modern readers. This miracle has been overshadowed by Jesus’ walking on water, but it is no less stunning.

God’s work is accomplished all around us, and God would have us take part in it. God has set you as a light in the dark (Matt. 5:14). He wants you to shine, to exist as a contrast to the dimness of the world. The opportunities to shine are not often announced to us with any fanfare. More often, they live in a short interaction with another soul. The works we do may not be noticed and praised by all. If they display God’s character to a soul seeking Him, that is enough. If they encourage a brother or sister in Christ, that is enough. Jesus’ boat trip was mostly unnoticed but was still worth His effort. God has given you opportunities of varying kinds. They are all worth your efforts. Be a light, even if only a few are looking.

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