We do. We people get through a lot of stuff–we get through broken relationships, broken hearts, broken bank accounts, and broken bodies. Instead of perishing, we find a way to white knuckle our way through some pretty treacherous storms.
“And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, ‘Save us, Lord; we are perishing!’ He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?’ Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, ‘What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and sea obey Him?'” Matthew 8:24-27
There are many of us who are probably in a boat of sorts that is being covered by the waves. This week I have been hit with waves of grief, disappointment, and betrayal. And I confess, it seems like Jesus is asleep in my boat.
I have sounded the alarm. He appears to still be sleeping.
I have nudged Him with fervent prayers. Yet on the storm rages.
I have felt like the disciples, like I am perishing.
Yet, Jesus when awakened by the disciples does not recognize the same peril of which they are distressed. He first addresses their fear, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?”
We all want Jesus to rebuke the storms in our life–to seperate the elements, quiet the uproar, and set us safely into “perfectly calm.”
Far fewer of us, most notably me, are willing to let the Lord rebuke my fear and my lack of faith.
Is it possible that the storms rage on in our life because it is more important to God that we trust Him in spite of the storm and not simply because of the storm? Jesus knew full well that the disciples would not perish from the storm. The much bigger threat was their lack of faith. The storm scared them. They scare me too. They’re probably scaring you. Let the Lord rebuke your fear. Allow the storm to show you what you do not yet know about trust.
Today, I am declaring “Christ is in my boat. Bring on the waves! Amaze me, Lord!”