WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9
“And they woke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’ 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. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”
Mark 4:38-40 (ESV)
LONG JOURNEY: JESUS GETS MY FEAR
A few days before Christmas two men in Florida decided to go sailing while their wives went Christmas shopping. While the men went out sailing a terrible storm arose. They had great difficulty keeping the boat under control, and as they maneuvered their way back to land, they were grounded on a sandbar. They jumped overboard and had to push with all their might trying to get the boat into deeper water. As they were doing this, the wind was blowing terribly, the waves were rushing up upon them, and they were soaking wet and knee deep in mud. One of the guys looked at his buddy and said, “You know, it sure beats Christmas shopping though.” (Source: Unknown)
In Mark 4 the disciples are caught in a terrible storm with Jesus. Some of the disciples were fishermen by trade and were familiar with the sea. The storm was so great that these seasoned fishermen were greatly afraid. The place where they had spent so many hours and a source of providing for their families was now a place of fear. They asked Jesus if He even cared about the storm they were facing. Jesus quiets the storm and asks about their faith.
The lesson here is to not let the size of the storm affect our faith in Jesus who is even greater. At the same time, we should also be reminded that storms in our lives don’t mean that God doesn’t care. He always has a divine purpose and plan and can redeem any storm. When is the last time you asked God if He cared? Write down some things you know about God that remind you of His care for you. Thank God for understanding your fears but for also being bigger than your storms.