“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.
Mark 4:35-41 (NIV)
Here is a group of men and as commercial fishermen had spent their lives on this very lake. How many times had they seen it in both peaceful and stormy situations?
But this storm was different. This one came up quick out of nowhere. It had been so calm that Jesus was sleeping in the back of the boat.
Sure, He was tired from a long day of working with people, but who can go to sleep with waves splashing in your face?
These men were so terrified that they woke Jesus up and asked Him a most peculiar question, “Don’t you care if we drown?” This question is filled with both fear and doubt. They assumed that Jesus could do something or they wouldn’t have woken Him.
Aren’t we like that? Out of nowhere things come rushing in and turn our world upside down. News from a doctor, word of a layoff, car wrecks, house fires, family break up, etc. Any of these can make us feel as though we are sunk, and it seems as though Jesus does not care about us. Where is He when I need Him? Is He off somewhere asleep?
Nope, He’s right where we left Him, in the back of our lives. These commercial fishermen who were accustomed to the weather of this lake had grown used to the norm; comfortable in their status quo. We’re like these fishermen, walking through life as if there will never be a storm. Sure, we know problems will come but not like those of others. We’re safe here sailing along with Jesus nicely tucked into the back rooms of our lives.
Thankfully, Jesus is more faithful to us than we are to Him. They remembered He was in their boat, they wake Him up, and quickly He responds to their present terror with a few simple words, “Quiet! Be still!”
Quiet means for there to be complete tranquility. At these words, everything returned to normal. Creation ceased its destructive forces and leveled out. All fear was gone.
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!”
What should have been a pleasant end to a busy day became a terrifying experience for these men. They may not have been so terrorized had they remembered from the beginning that Jesus would take care of them. Who really let things get out of control? If Jesus can control the wind and the waves, don’t you think He can control things in your life if you’ll let Him?
David W. Parks is pastor of Trail Head Cowboy Church