Asleep in the Storm

Mark 4:35-41 NIV

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 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?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

What a great section! Jesus seeks to make us more like Him, able to sleep in a storm. It’s a hard lesson, because storms are very powerful and have the potential to destroy and kill. But, when we 100% trust God, trust in his plan for us, trust his goodness and desire to protect us, it is possible.

Like may things lately, it brings me back to the phrases, “Thy will be done” (from the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6) and “Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him” Job 13:15. These two passages are the key to life it seems. First, that God’s will is the best and then that He can do whatever He’d like with me and my life. I wonder if these take a lifetime to grasp, 100% believe, and act upon? I know they’re true, but how they ruffle my feathers and repel me at times. Then, other times, I can agree with both and find them fascinating. Together with the knowledge of God’s goodness and love for each of us, when I can truly grasp them, I think I could then sleep in the middle of the storm. I could know entirely that life with Christ on these earth is a wonderful life, regardless of circumstances. And what next awaits me I will absolutely love as well. So my life is in His hands and I have no need to fear the future. Either way, I am with the One that loves me most and best.

The  phrase “…they took him along, just as he was” in verse 36 is also interesting. He didn’t pack up a snack, pillow, extra clothes, a notepad, etc. He just got in the boat free of concern and proceeded to nap despite “a furious squall”. What peace…can we have that though we are only human? I believe we can.

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