Mark 4:35–41 (ESV)
Jesus Calms a Storm
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were
breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said
to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is
this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
This is one of my favorite parables. The disciples knew that Jesus was special, but we get a clue at how clueless they are. They are out
in the Sea of Galilee when a storm comes upon them. Now realize that there are some experienced fishermen in this boat... but they are SCARED! The boat was taking on water while Jesus simply laid there sleeping. I’m going to ask you
a question. Wouldn’t you like to have the peace to sleep in the middle of a storm! They cry out “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” They are scared for their life, and Jesus is probably stretching from his
nap. Jesus blows them away by taking control of nature and calms the storms, the winds, the waves.... Wow! They were scared from the storm, now they are in fear for what they have just seen Jesus do. Now they cry out “Who then is this,
that even the wind and the sea obey him?” And now, for an interesting note... only found in the Gospel of Mark... “And other boats were with him.” Could you imagine being in the other boat and witnessing what just happened, but
not know why it happened.
I pray: O Lord, You are the creator of the heavens and earth. You have the power to calm storms. Why Lord, am I so slow to call upon you for help. Why do I
think I can handle storms. Help me to cling to you in the storms and to have the peace to sleep in the middle of life’s storms. Amen.