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Mark 4:35-41 Jesus Calms the Storm

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!”

I’ve read this story before, but it never really stood out to me like it does now.

Jesus’ disciples were seasoned fishermen. They had probably seen their fair share of storms. You put me on a boat and shake it a little and I’ll be ready to get off the boat. But these guys were pros, and this storm concerned them. It must have been quite a storm. It’s described as a “furious squall.” Have you ever seen that Jeff Bridges movie, White Squall? Scary.

The second thing that stands out to me is that Jesus was with them. Just because we have Jesus with us, doesn’t mean there will be no bad storms. He tells us that in the world we will have tribulations. Life is hard. We live in a fallen world. Bad things happen. But Jesus is with them in the storm. He will be with us in our storms too.

The next thing I notice is that Jesus is sleeping. When storms come into our lives, we may also wonder if He is sleeping through our storm. We may wonder if He cares. He absolutely does care.

I don’t know why God might choose to allow a storm in our life. Perhaps to refine us, strengthen our faith, bring us closer to Him, or maybe even to bring us home to Him. All we can do is trust that He knows what’s best. But that doesn’t mean we can’t pray and ask Him for help and mercy. His word says we do not have because we do not ask. So ask. Maybe the answer will be no. But maybe it will be yes. So ask, and don’t stop asking. If even the wind and the waves obey Him, then why not cancer cells? I’m asking.

My prayer is that He will forgive my sins and save my soul first, and then to spare my life if it is His will. I know that it is His will that none should perish, it’s why He came to the cross. And the bible says that if we pray for anything according to His will, it will be done. I don’t know yet what His will is for my life here, for this body, whether I will survive this or not. But I know He will be with me through this storm. And I have to have faith that He will get me through it, regardless of what my destination is.

“Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” It’s interesting that He uses the word “still” – Do you still have no faith? After everything they had seen, all the miracles, healing,  they still faltered in their faith. I can identify with that. God has done so many wonderful things in my life, answered so many prayers, and delivered me from so many bad situations. But I’m still afraid. I still worry. I still doubt. I’m so thankful that God is long-suffering and patient with us.

Maybe God has allowed this in my life to increase my faith. If Jesus can sleep through a storm, then maybe we can find some rest too, if only we have a little faith.

(Praise You in this Storm – Casting Crowns)

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