The Wind and Waves

That day when evening came, He said to His disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took Him along, just as He was, in the boat. There were also other boats with Him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to His disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey Him!”—Mark 4:35-41
Early Thursday morning everybody in our house was at one point awakened by the strong gust of winds that were coming through our area. The winds would blow across the windows and scare Ava and Kenzie, carrying a lot of strength behind them. I saw pictures on the news of trees blown over and all the damage caused by the storm. Our shed was even partly blown off its wooden platform. Lying in bed and hearing the strong winds outside made me immediately think about the experience of Jesus and His Disciples on their boat in the middle of a storm.

They are crossing the Sea of Galilee and a storm comes upon them, and much like Ava and Kenzie, the Disciples are scared. They are actually even afraid for their lives as they see water coming into the boat. They go to Jesus and find Him sleeping through the storm, and they question Him and wonder if He even cares about them. Jesus gets up and performs an amazing miracle; He speaks, “Quiet! Be still!” and the winds and waves calm immediately! Christ shows His amazing power over creation: He speaks and the wind and waves obey Him. The Disciples were terrified of and amazed at what they saw that night.

The Disciples wondered if Jesus cared about them; they were facing a terrible storm and Jesus was asleep. Jesus questioned their faith, asking, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” We also face troubles and “storms” in this life. Are we afraid that Jesus doesn’t care about us? Or will we in faith trust that the God who controls the winds and the waves is also in control of our lives? Our faith gives us hope that we can face whatever troubles this world brings to our lives, because our faith and trust is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

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