The day must have started off with fair weather–even sunshine and blue skies. Jesus spent time traveling and performing miracles that all around Him witnessed. Joy and excitement must have filled the air, and the hearts of His disciples as they witnessed His power and the love and concern He showed towards the afflicted. But a storm was on the horizon…
Jesus came to the Sea of Galilee and decided to take an available boat to the other side, needing some rest from the crowds of people. The disciples followed Him into the boat and they began to make their way across the waters for some quiet and rest. By now the clouds were rolling fiercely and the waves grew in height. Soon, rain pelted and the boat was engulfed in angry sea water. The disciples panicked, further shocked by the fact that their Master was sound asleep!
But Jesus had another perspective for His disciples in Matthew 8, verses 24 to 26: And suddenly, behold, there arose a violent storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered up by the waves; but He was sleeping. And they went and awakened Him, saying, Lord, rescue and preserve us! We are perishing! And He said to them, “Why are you timid and afraid, O you of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm (a perfect peaceableness). (Amplified Bible)
Perfect peace…only Jesus can give us this gift. It has been said that He was able to speak peace in the storm because of the peace He had within. And what about the disciples? They had just witnessed mighty miracles all day long! Yet when their storm came, they panicked–sure they would perish.
Perhaps only Jesus could sleep through a violent storm, tossed about on an angry sea. But sleep in this passage can represent calm, trust, a relaxed mindset. While no one sleeps through the trials of life, we can learn to trust the Lord Who speaks to the wind and waves and they obey, and take His example in how we respond to the “storms” we face. Invite Him into the boat, and experience ” a great and wonderful calm.”
Let us not forget the violent “storm of persecution” that many Christians are now experiencing around the world. It is true that how we respond to our storms of life does say a lot about our faith. Where are we on a scale of 1-10 between worry and peace? Do we have more peace than worry or the other way around? Every time we tend to worry about something it may be necessary to claim God’s promises relevant to that particular situation.