As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”
I find myself relating very quickly to the disciples in this boat. I may not have been in a literal boat with Jesus asleep, but over the journey of my life there have been many times where I have felt caught in the middle of a “life storm”. In the midst of them I have often wondered what God was up to. I can even remember a time not many years ago where I asked God that very question, “are you sleeping?” It is so easy to look at the situation when we are on dry land or when we are in a season where the ground beneath our feet is firm, but when we find ourselves in a place where everything is being shaken up it can be hard to trust that this is really going to work out. I find it especially hard in those moments if added to the shaking in my life, is also the silence of God.
I feel for the disciples here and their challenge for lack of faith. I feel for them because I have lacked faith too. I often still do when God has been so faithful. He has in every season been there, but somehow I find that so easy to forget when the boat starts to rock and the winds pick up.
These “life storms” have come in many forms from financial pressures, to friendships, to personal struggles, and many others. Yet, each one has brought me to a place of having to decide, will I let the storm rule and throw away all that God has been or let the Truth of who God is rule and cause my storm to cease. Seems like an easy choice now, but much more difficult when you have no solid footing. Yet, He calls us to trust. So, this is the place my heart wants to be led. To a place of abandoned trust. When the storm passes, he remains faithful.
Who can you relate to in this story? How does it apply to your life?