“He saw them.” (Mark 6:48, NKJV)
The disciples had just completed a very successful mission. They had shared in the miraculous feeding of the 5000 (Mark 6:33-44) and were on a spiritual high. Jesus dismissed the crowd and sent the disciples to cross over to the other side of Galilee. On their way to the other side they encountered a storm. The strong wind and waves frightened them. They were afraid. The excitement and miracle of the day were soon forgotten. The atmosphere and conversation in the boat had changed and with desperation they might have looked around, to see where Jesus was.
In that moment Jesus was alone on the mountain. He was spending some time with His Father. He saw the disciples and knew their plight (Mark 6:48). He cared about them. He prayed for them and around the fourth watch of the night He walked towards them, calmed the storm, comforted them and took them safely to the other side of Galilee.
Life is not always filled with just the excitement of spiritual highs or miracles. Life is a balance with lows and highs, battles and victories, challenges and opportunities and therefore, we can be sure that we will go through some of the storms of life. However, God is not cold and unsympathetic towards you in troubling times. He wants you to know that He sees you and knows your needs and fears. He understands what you are going through (Hebrews 4:12-16) and cares enough to help you in your time of need. Just as He kept a watchful eye on His disciples and helped them, He is watching over us (1 Peter 3:12) and praying for us (Romans 8:34). He cares enough to keep a watchful eye on you and answer your prayers in your moment of need.