Jesus and three of his disciples were in a small boat, traveling from one point to another on the lake. It was midday, and the sun was hot. As they approached the shore, they could see that people were gathered to greet them.
Seeing that Jesus was tired, Peter said, “Teacher, we can send them away.”
“No,” Jesus said. “I am here but for a short time, as all men must be.”
“Do you expect to die soon?” Peter asked in dismay.
“The spirit is vast, and the time for speech is not long.”
What is this riddle? Thomas thought.
Jesus saw his quizzical expression. “Do you not understand?” he asked. “God makes men like the ripples of these waves. They pass gently into time.”
“Then what is left?” Peter asked.
Can anything be accomplished? Thomas wondered.
“The sea is vast,” Jesus said, “the wind touching it at will.”
Copyright 2013 George Lowell Tollefson