Storms Do Come

Mark 4:35-41 says this, “That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let’s 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 they wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the winds 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 winds and the waves obey him!” I almost believe the rescue scared them more than the storm! After it was all said and done, can you see Jesus turning from the disciples, and head back to the stern of the boat and finishing out his nap? Just a thought.

Think about this, Jesus never warned the disciples about the coming storm! Their boat was on the verge of sinking and they were afraid they were about to die. They became overwhelmed with fear. I am sure they were doing everything they could to keep their boat afloat. They were overwhelmed, fearful, and at their wits end. Have you ever been there? I think we all can relate to this story in some way or another. We all face storms and they usually hit when we least expect them! Just as the wave crashed in on the disciples, our world crashes in on us. But our storms may not involve wind, rain, and waves, but they come in many different forms. How about losing someone you love? That storm will really rock your boat! When financial storms hit, they hit hard. How about the storm of bad health or long term sickness? How about the thunder and lightening of unemployment and family troubles? When our boat is filling up with water, what do we do? Who do we turn to?

When we are going through a storm, we are all guilty of feeling sorry for ourselves, and we feel like we are the only ones facing hard times. But in verse 36, Mark reminded us that they were not the only boat in that storm! There were also other boats with them. I am not sure what you are facing today, but I do know who can calm the storm. Call out to Jesus. Put your trust in Him today. Have a great weekend!

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