What storms do you find yourself in?
When the storm arose and overcame their boat, the disciples (several who were fishermen and knew their way around the Sea of Galilee) saw the water swamping their craft and began to believe all was lost. Fear leads to inaction. Inaction leads to helplessness. Helplessness leads to despair. The storms closes in.
Yet when things looked most dire, they woke Jesus and asked: “Do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38).
Have you ever asked God that question?
We expect God to act. We seek vindication. We hope for justice to be done. We anticipate all things to work together for good. Yet it is sometimes difficult to foresee a positive outcome in the midst of trouble; a bad diagnosis; the latest tragedy; an unexpected loss; feeling stuck; outside forces pressing in on us beyond our control. We see cruelty having free reign; injustice supported by the masses; dangers that insert themselves into our lives that make us seem fragile, small or insignificant.
Yet we are not devoid of agency… Jesus is in the boat.
They woke him, “Do you not care that we are perishing?”
He responded, “Peace. Be still. Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” (Mark 4:40).
While our passage ends with the disciples scratching their heads in confusion and awe as the storm subsided, they still needed to get ashore (Mark 5:1).
How do you think they got there?
Perhaps once they knew the peace of Christ was with them – they acted.
What storms do you find yourself in? What storms do you see surrounding others?
What could be possible – if you knew the peace of Christ was with you in the boat to calm that storm?
How might you enter the storms others face – and act?
Yes, God cares. Christ is with you. The Spirit is moving across the waters. Yes, the storm is raging.
Let’s face this storm together.
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