You know how there are some stories that you just like, a lot? Sometimes you’re not really sure why one story sticks with you when another doesn’t but it does. I tend to think that stories stick with us because we can gain some insight or knowledge from them if they stick with us. We keep coming back to them, learning them, making them a part of us. There are many stories in the bible that I really like, that I revisit often to get to know my Savior more. One of those is when Jesus calms the storm.
And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
It has everything – excitement, a tinge of fear, weakness, strength and of course it stars our hero and Savior Jesus! Here he tells his disciples let’s take a boat trip then he takes a much needed nap as they journey to the other side of the sea. Unbeknownst to him a huge, terrible storm arises and his disciples, well they act like I did the time my husband and I got caught out on the lake in our little metal boat during a thunderstorm, they freak. They’re spazzing so they wake him up and are jumping all over him for sleeping through what they are sure is going to be their final moments in this world. “Wake up, man! Don’t you care we’re about to die here!?!” Jesus arouses and is just like the king of cool. He’s like “Guys, I got this.” Then he rebukes the wind and says to the sea “Peace, be still.” Immediately the wind ceases and the sea calms, he turns to his pals and asks why they are so fearful, lacking in faith. Then I imagine he laid back down and finished his rest, while leaving them to ponder what just happened. I can almost hear them now; “What!?! How’d he do that? Did you see that, did he really do it? Who is this man, that even the wind and sea obey him!?!”
It’s such a real story, I mean we have all had moments when we are the disciples freaking out over something, anything that we think is a disaster, meanwhile Jesus is looking down at us in our terror and fear saying to the danger “Peace, be still.” You know he has to wonder if he have learned nothing from the stories he gave us. This isn’t the only story about trusting in him and having faith we have, there are several, I hope to discuss more of them over the coming weeks as the Lord wills. This one always calls to me so I wanted to start here. Maybe it’s something in the tone I imagine him using as he literally puts the wind and sea in it’s place – probably similar to the tone we use when rebuking a rambunctious child, not hateful or bossy but firm, commanding, an I mean it tone.
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. Psalms 4:8
Here, we see King David reminding us that the Lord has got it, when we rest in him we can rest secure, knowing we dwell in His safety.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3
Isaiah echoes the sentiment when he remind us that the Lord will keep in perfect peace those who trust in him, completely, keeping their thoughts on their Savior. Perfect peace, even in the wildest storm, if only the disciples had known this they could have had faith that they would be safe with the Lord. After all it was He who created the wind and the sea, of course it obeys him. Alas, they were just like you and I, doubting, fearful, terrified of the scary, the unknown. They had trust issues, Jesus didn’t get mad though, he just showed them who is in control of all things. Thus reassuring them as he does us, I am so grateful for his patience, his reminders like this story.
We can have faith that he’s got whatever comes our way, we need not fear. We can rest in the peace he gives us.