One of the most famous expeditions Jesus took with his disciples was a little boat ride through a storm on the Sea of Galilee. This freshwater lake in northern Israel is about thirteen miles long and eight miles wide. The bowl-shaped nature of it often perpetuates strong storms that whip up and drop in with great ferocity.
The books of Matthew and Mark both have accounts of the night a storm grew around the disciples as they sailed. As they panicked and lost their minds, Jesus slept in the cargo hold of the boat until they finally woke him asking, “Don’t you care if we drown?”
I picture Jesus (maybe even with a great bedhead) yawning, waving a finger (ala Jedi mind-trick style) at the storm and telling it to quiet down and be still. Turning to his disciples, he asks, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” In short, Jesus said, “Did you forget who was on this ride with you?”
Time and time again, God allows us to go through storms in life. Like it or not, stormy days (and seasons) are a given for us in this broken world. Like the disciples, we get knocked around and, when we do, fear comes easily. Fear blows in amid the story of that layoff from work, the bad diagnosis, the breakup, or the breakdown.
In the storm, it’s easy to ask God, “Don’t you care about us down here?” But, in moments of clarity, we hear God saying, “Don’t forget that I am here on the ride with you. Call on me.”
If you’ve got a few more minutes, click the button that says “NINETY EXTRA” to listen to a song we sang during a message series called In The Meantime. You may want to check out that whole series. We’ve put a link there for that as well. In the meantime, have a great Tuesday.