Now that the weather is warming up, the Salish Sea is seeing more boaters out and about. It makes me think of how Jesus went out and about with his disciples on a boat. It always seemed to me that it was just a convenient way for them to get across the water. But if our own ferries are any example, there’s a lot of inconvenience built into travelling by water.
Actually, now that I think about it, every time the disciples went out in a boat, something happened. No surprise there, as any boat owner can tell you. The weather goes bad, or someone has an incident. You can count on it.
But as I consider this, I wonder if there’s a different reason why Jesus went boating with the disciples. Because once you’re out on a boat, you’re pretty much stuck until you reach land. There’s no getting away from whatever befalls you. There’s no opting out of whatever lesson is unfolding before you.
The disciples made it across terrible seas with Jesus. That’s good news as we travel our own unquiet waters. We are the church together. All the lessons we face – systemic racism, chronic injustice, lack of concern for the well-being of neighbors - require all hands on deck until we get to the other side together. With Jesus of course.
The Rev. Beth Purdum Eden is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. She has served in more than 6 parishes in the Western United States for 30 years.