Have you ever found yourself stuck in a period of transition? You weren’t where you used to be, but you’re not where you need to be. You’re stuck in the middle. You know you’re going to get to where you’re going, but you don’t know what the other side looks like.
In Mark 4:35-41, we see a story of Jesus telling His disciples to get in the boat and set off to the other side of the sea. There are a few problems that stand out to me while examining this story a little deeper.
The first problem is the uncertainty of the other side. When Jesus told the disciples “Let’s go to the other side” there was a certain element of the unknown.
The comfortability of the known holds us back from experiencing what God has for us on the other side. There is security on the shore. There is stability while standing on the shore. We have control over our situation when we stay on the shore. The enemy of the uncertainty of the unknown is the certainty of the known. In order to overcome this fear is to come to this realization: “I might not know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future.” The disciples didn’t know what was waiting for them on the other side, but they had enough faith in Jesus to get in the boat. If we truly believe that Jesus holds our future nothing will hold us back from getting into the boat.
The other problem is the uncertainty of the journey. There was no way of the disciples knowing that they were going to experience a storm while they were trying to get to the other side. The same holds true for us. When we are in a transition period, there is no way of knowing what we are going to experience when we are trying to go from here to there. In order to overcome this fear is to come to this realization: “There may be uncertainty in the journey but there is certainty in the One I am traveling with.” The disciples had no way of telling what lied ahead of them on their journey to the other side but they did know Who it was that was going with them to the other side. We may not know what the journey has in store for us but we do know that Jesus will be right there with us every step of the way. He promised that He would never leave us or forsake us. He didn’t promise that we wouldn’t experience some tough times in life but He did promise that He would be right there with us the whole way through.
The next time you find yourself in a transition period and you’re fearful of the uncertainty of the journey and the unknown of the other side, remember that you’re not alone in the journey and that the one who is with you is the one who knows what lies ahead of you on the other side.