Mark 4:35-41 NIV
Jesus Calms the Storm
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.
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. 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!”
Storms happen. We all feel fear during the storms of our lives. We experience fear of the unknown, of having no control, of losing what we cherish. We might question at one time or other who can calm the wind and waves.
We find ourselves living in a time of enormous and rapid change. Much now seems to be out of control, in chaos. Our world is facing serious issues. People are suffering. How can we help ourselves and those in need in our community and in the world?
The teaching from this passage seems to be to first recognize the storm and acknowledge our fear, and then remember to ask God for help – it’s ok to ask for help. As individuals, and as a congregation – in our own boats, and in boats with each other – to ask for help. Asking God for help isn’t a sign of weakness or lack of faith – we can have complete, unshakable faith and still feel fear, still ask for help, still not recognize God working in our lives. For that is what the disciples experienced in this story.
Fill our eyes with clarity to see the storm and our hearts with wisdom to understand that we need you, Lord. Lead us to the knowledge that asking for your help is the right thing to do and the only way through the storm.