Slideshow 2! Example 4: Ken Burns extension

 Jesus is my friend
09/05/2018 14:49:50 GMT
Written by David Hathaway

'Then Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side of the lake, while He sent the people away. After sending the people away, He went up a hill by Himself to pray. When evening came, Jesus was there alone; and by this time the boat was far out in the lake, tossed about by the waves, because the wind was blowing against it. Between three and six o'clock in the morning Jesus came to the disciples, walking on the water.' (Matthew 14:22-25)

In our lives there are the lows and there are the highs; but Jesus is there all the time. The wonderful thing about Jesus is, when He saw His disciples struggling on the sea, He made the decision to go and help them. In those days they didn't have helicopters. They didn't have fast boats. There is only one way He is going to get to them, on foot; so He started out, walking on the water. The amazing thing is this, wherever you are, whatever trouble you are in, whatever your difficulties, whether you are on the way to the moon or the Soviet Space Station, or down in a coal mine; wherever you are, Jesus can always reach you. There is no problem, He can always get to where you are. 

On Midsummer's Day, 1972, as I was crossing the border into Czechoslovakia with 5000 Russian Bibles, I was arrested and put in a communist prison. I had converted my Travel Company buses so that every time I cross the border I could take 2 tonnes of Bibles, (5000 full Bibles or 12,000 New Testaments or 100,000 Gospels); by then I had done this for many years. 

My year in that prison was the best year of my life: I learnt how to pray and find God! Two days after I had been found guilty at the trial (4 months after my arrest), God showed me in a dream the exact day that I would be released, but I still had no idea of how great the miracle would be. After almost one year, and exactly on the day God had promised, Harold Wilson, flew into Czechoslovakia to secure my release - and as God had promised, within three days, because of all the publicity surrounding my release, I was speaking in the Royal Albert Hall. 

During those months of torture and suffering, I had an experience in that prison of the power and Glory of God, something I had never experienced before. When I had no food, I learnt how to pray. When I had no friends, I learnt how to pray. When I had no Bible, I learnt how to pray. I learnt how to talk to God. He was nearer to me in that prison than any time before. Jesus was so near; He is my friend! Hallelujah! I know Him, I love Him. Hallelujah! Just as the disciples marvelled at Jesus after rescuing them from the stormy waves, so after my release from prison, I realised what a mighty God we serve!


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