I don’t love water. The thought of being in a little boat with a big storm raging is terrifying to me. I can completely identify with the fear the disciples must have felt when the water started coming over the edge of the boat. Jesus was physically with them, but he was asleep. I love how the Bible shows Jesus’ humanity – he was exhausted after being with a crowd and fell into a deep slumber. Thinking that they were surely going to drown, the disciples woke him up in a panic, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
In this moment, the disciples learn another lesson about who exactly Jesus is. He basically calls the wind and waves out and tells them to be still, and they obeyed. Creation responds and shows its obedience to its Creator. First the disciples are terrified of the storm, but then they are terrified at the power that they have just witnessed in Jesus. My heart beats faster as I imagine the scene. “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Have you ever been in the midst of a storm and felt like Jesus was asleep? I have. I’ve wondered how he could be silent while I wrestled and struggled, but in those moments, I’ve always learned more about who he is. Jesus is bigger and greater than anything that can come my way. Nothing is greater than he is and there is nothing that he doesn’t have control over even when things feel completely out of control to me. As you start another busy week, remember that Jesus is always present and is bigger than any storm you may be facing.
Director of Small Group Ministry
New Hope Church
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