35 Later that day, when evening came, Jesus said to them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” 36 They left the crowd and took him in the boat just as he was. Other boats followed along. 37 Gale-force winds arose, and waves crashed against the boat so that the boat was swamped. 38 But Jesus was in the rear of the boat, sleeping on a pillow. They woke him up and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re drowning?” 39 He got up and gave orders to the wind, and he said to the lake, “Silence! Be still!” The wind settled down and there was a great calm. 40 Jesus asked them, “Why are you frightened? Don’t you have faith yet?” 41 Overcome with awe, they said to each other, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him!” (Mark 4:35-41, CEB)
Have you ever been on a boat in high winds and waves?
I have, I remember it like it was yesterday and it was probably 3 or 4 years ago at this point. I was on a boat with a couple of friends who owned the sail boat and my wife. We were going to a local marina to celebrate my wife’s birthday. This was not the first time I had been on a sail boat. I raced with the captain every week for most summers at least two years before this and probably another 2 years after. I only stopped racing because I moved away from the area. But this day we were just taking our time going across the bay, until the captain saw the storm coming, and knew we would not make the marina before it hit. We were in at least six foot waves, which may not sound like much but when the boat if only 25 feet long, six foot waves is enough to hear the motor spin out of the water every time you go up.
And I knew we were in trouble when the captain stopped talking. Hos gaze was fixed on the horizon and he was focused to make sure his boat and crew were safe. And we were safe with him at the helm. But I could not have slept through that.
But Jesus was so sure they were ok, he was asleep at the back of the boat.
That is how God is in our lives. Able to rest completely.
Trust God. You always can.
Love People. Love God.