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Storms in our Lives…
Mark 4:40. The scene is a dark night in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. A sudden storm has come up and the boat that Jesus and some of the disciples are in is being tossed about by heavy winds and the waves are breaking over the gunwales. The disciples, in a panic, notice that Jesus is asleep in the stern and they wake him up, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (verse 38). It is this question that Jesus challenges when after he has calmed the sea, he says, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” (verse 40) We are challenged with a couple of powerful questions here ourselves. The first is revealed in the disciples question. It seems a strange question at first glance, does it not? Why do they wake him up? Why do they say to him, “Do you not care that we are perishing?” Are they merely stunned that he could sleep while the world seemed to be crashing down upon them from every direction? Or does it reveal something about their still immature faith in Jesus. They have seen him cure people. They have listened to his words, heard him explain his parables. The thought must have certainly stirred deep within them that Jesus was no ordinary man, no ordinary teacher. When Jesus rebukes the wind and the seas calm at his command, we might be able to understand how they would be filled with great fear and why they would say to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (verse 41) This little episode give us lots to think about in terms of our faith. Faith is a gift given freely to us by God. That moment, when…