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!”
There are storms all around us in our personal lives, work lives, and relationships. Just as storms are a natural occurrence in nature, they’re a natural occurrence in life. The disciples experienced that firsthand at the same time. While they’re on a boat being tossed around the sea in a storm, their fear causes chaos in their life.
Mark 4 tells the story of the disciples waking Jesus, saying, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” It might sound a little dramatic, right? They’re afraid of drowning on a boat when they have Jesus right beside them. Then, Jesus told the waves and wind to be quiet, to be still! The waves and wind obeyed. When the waters calmed, Jesus didn’t turn to the disciples and say, “That storm was scary!” He said, “Why were you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
When they were afraid of the storm, Jesus didn’t question the storm. He questioned their faith. With the storms in our lives, we tend to question the storm or why it’s happening to us. Then, we spiral into fear and anger. But what if, instead of questioning the storm, we remember that Jesus is beside us and capable of calming the storm?
We can’t rely on ourselves in the storm. We have to rely on the Lord of all creation. So, where do you need to rely on Jesus to calm the storm in your life?