First, I apologize for leaving you guys for two days. A lot of you noticed and emailed to ask what had happened. I’m well. On Friday, I had a third grade field trip to our State Capitol in Georgia. I got home so late that night, trapped in Atlanta for work while the 9 year old went home on the school bus, my 6 year old demanded equal time. I’ve been well and with family. Thanks for checking on me.
Let’s get back to it.
22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Lk 8:22–25). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
This is one of the coolest stories of the New Testament. It is one of my favorites. The Apostles are on a boat with Jesus, a great storm comes up, and Jesus slept. Pay attention to the fact that it was Jesus, himself, you suggested they all get in the boat.
Our reaction to the story is often to focus on the power of Jesus. He “rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was calm.” Whoa. That is impressive. That is powerful. That is God.
But look at the other details. Christ’s disciples were panicked and our Lord Jesus himself was sound asleep. There was never any danger. They were not going to die. The boat would not be filled with water. Ever. It was an impossibility. The Lord of all creation was on that boat. But the disciples had not really figured that out yet. They were worried and nervous.
We get that way too. We think Jesus is sleeping through our lives. We felt him prompt us to get in the boat of faith, but now we cannot feel his presence. We do not see him working. He must be gone or absent or asleep. “Where is your faith?” Christ is with us too in the rocky waters of our lives. With him, we will not capsize. But cry out to him if you must. Just know that Christ himself is in your boat.
The great difference between you and the disciples is that when the water is calm again you will not wonder, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?” You will know immediately. Christ Jesus, our Lord, can calm the seas in your life too. And, more importantly, if he has not yet done so he is still there in the storm keeping you from drowning if only you will rely on him. Christ drew you to him in the boat that is our faith. He does not promise a storm free life, he does not promise smooth sailing, but he promises that with him you will not drown. Put your trust him him.