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… “Who is this? Even the wind and waves obey him!” Mark 4:38-39, 41 NIV
When the Lord calls you to do something, don’t be surprised if a storm comes up. This is what happened to Jesus disciples. They were doing exactly what Jesus had told them, heading where Jesus wanted them to go when a storm blew in. The disciples weren’t just rattled, they were deeply terrified. “Lord, don’t you care if we die?!” they cried. At this Jesus awoke, rose up, spoke, and all was calm.
When a storm rises in our heart or blows in to our lives, we should cry out to God like the disciples. They didn’t pray a pretty prayer. It wasn’t polished or composed. It was honest, desperate and uncensored. “Lord, don’t you care….?” they cried. Storms will bring these kinds of prayers up and out of us. And that is important.
When we cry out to Jesus, he will take command. Our voices have no authority over wind and waves. But Jesus voice carries authority over all he has made. Everything. And everyone. We should wait for him to speak to whatever assails, “Quiet down!” “Stop that!” “Be still!” He will.
The disciples made it through. They arrived where Jesus wanted them to go. They were tossed about, but they weren’t traumatized. Yes, their clothes were wet and their hair was windblown, but their hearts were awash in wonder. “Who is this, that even the winds and waves obey him?!” they now cried, for they had witnessed things they thought were impossible.
Like these disciples I often think I need to wake Jesus up to what is happening with me; I act like I’m pounding on God’s door, “Help me bail this water! I’m going under!” But the truth is Jesus wants to awaken me to who he truly is, because I don’t know. And storms wash my eyes. Their waves beat up against my doubts and break into my small view of God. Storms shake me up to the fact that Jesus is far more than I ever thought he was. And when I pass through them, I arrive on the other side to find a good chunk of my false beliefs washed away, and my doubts over what God can do dissipated. Like the disciples, I’m wet and windblown yes, but greater still I’m on my knees wonderstruck and worshipping, saying “Jesus, I had no idea you are so powerful! Forgive me. I didn’t know you don’t bail water!”
Where do you need Jesus power and “Peace be still” today? Will you let him awaken you to his command of things?
Pray an honest prayer.
Let Him speak to what threatens.
Prepare to be awestruck.
“Ye fearful saints fresh courage take, the clouds you so much dread,
are big with mercy and will break, in blessing on your head.”
– William Cowper