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?”. Mark 4:37-38
Hopefully it is out of fear and not contempt that the disciples ask such a question. “Jesus, don’t you care?” It was a furious storm. The waves WERE breaking over the sides of the boat to the extent that it was ‘nearly swamped.’ Jesus was sleeping.
Before throwing stones at the green-faced, nauseous followers of Jesus, I have to admit the same struggle. Not the accurate assessment of the storm – it’s bad! I don’t struggle with identifying the negative results either – there is water where it should not be; swamping the boat!
The same struggle I have is wondering if Jesus is noticing. Does He care? Does He have power to change these circumstances? Can He save? Oops. Incredulous. He is. He does. He does and He can.
”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 4:39-41
Jesus asks a couple of questions in return. “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Thank you, Lord, that Your patience means my salvation. I am weak and You are strong. Give me more faith to trust what You say. I ask that Your power be on display through my weakness – all for Your glory. I live for You today.