Saturday 31 January, 2015
CALMING THE STORM[Jesus] got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.(vs 39)
A few years ago I was able to visit Israel and Palestine as part of a study tour. The trip provided many unforgettable and challenging experiences. After the intensity of Jerusalem, our group was glad to head out for a few days beside Galilee.
Part of the tour included a boat trip around the lake and it certainly provided a ‘wow’ moment as we listened to words from the Bible and prayed, all the time thinking, ‘Jesus was here!’ And the lake was perfectly calm…
My only experience of a storm at sea has been a particularly bumpy ferry crossing from Dover to Calais. Jesus’ boat was much smaller and the disciples were definitely more frightened. They had left the hubbub of the crowd behind but now had to face the danger of the storm.
Put yourself in the place of one of the disciples. How do you think you would have reacted? Would you have been sitting calmly or having a bit of a panic? Would you have woken Jesus or would you have taken matters into your own hands?
Again, Jesus demonstrates his authority and, on waking, immediately calms the storm. In their panic, the disciples are still struggling to understand who Jesus is and what he can do. It’s another step on their journey of faith and there will be many more steps to come.
Prayer † Jesus, when I feel as if I am in the middle of a storm at sea, calm my fears and direct me back to dry land with a sense of faith, not fear. Amen.
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