“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him.” (Mark 4:35 – 36)
That sounds very nice, an evening sail on the lake. And since Jesus’ disciples (or at least some of them) were able fishermen and seamen, I am sure it was a very safe thing to do. Keeping that fact in mind, what follows is very significant.
“A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (Verses 37 – 38)
It must have been a terrible storm to upset the disciples, or at least those who were sailing the boat. And it must have come up suddenly because when they set out the lake was calm, or they would not have set out in the first place.
“He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” (Verses 39 – 40)
“Have you no faith?” he asked them. That question seems to be a surface question that does not hint to the deeper understanding that the disciples did not seem to understand. When one is with Jesus, there is no need to fear any situation. Jesus was (and is) in command of all situations. And if the Divine is sitting (or sleeping) in your boat, you need not fear anything. It makes me wonder if the the boat would have capsized if they had just tried to manage on their own. I mean, really, do you think Jesus was going to end up drowning?
“And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”” (Verse 41)
Of course, my thinking also tends to be from a human perspective, thinking of the physical danger rather than trusting in the plan of the Divine. Consider, if Jesus was mighty enough to command “the wind and the sea”, why did he not just hold off the storm in the first place. No, I think Jesus was going to let this teachable moment happen, and had that plan from the moment he said “Let’s go across to the other side.”
That is something to remember, beloved reader, as we set out and continue on the path and journey that the Divine called us to. Nothing will ever take the Lord or Jesus Christ by surprise. We can rest, and sleep, in that assurance. Selah!
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