We Panic, Jesus Naps.

Luke 8:22-25

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

Mark 4:35-40

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!”

I was just thinking about these verses. It shows the power that the Lord has. I was thinking about how when I normally read over these verses I think about the disciples not having enough faith in Jesus but rarely do I reflect upon how these verses relate to me. I was just thinking about how we brew up storms in our minds. Things get hectic in our life, it feels like a storm. It feels like we are on a boat. We let our worries create waves taller than our boats crash into us, pushing us off course and rocking our boat. We get near sighted with our problems, which puts us in the middle of the night in complete darkness, we can see when lightening flashes, but all we can see is our worries building up.

We cause these storms in our heads, the physical storm the disciples had to deal with, is just like the mental storms we create in our minds. Like the disciples, we call out to the Lord “Were drowning! Why aren’t you saving us from our storm?!” Sometimes we even get worse and blame God for our storms, or refuse/forget to acknowledge Him during our storms. We see in this story Jesus got up carelessly, half asleep, and said to the storm “Quiet! Be still!” That’s all it took and the storm died. He then turns to His disciples and says “Why are you afraid? Where is your faith?” (And what I like to add “Don’t you know who I am?”)

As storms begin to brew in our spiritual life, remember Jesus is right there on the boat with us. He never left us. Notice how Jesus, instead of freaking out and worrying, is napping and complete worry free during the storm. If Jesus isn’t worried, why should we be? Take His lead and follow His example. Have faith that the storm will pass and He will keep you safe. Storms are going to happen, there is no avoiding them. Instead of freaking out, take a moment to realize who is with you all the time, Jesus.

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