During The Storm

“Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” –Mark 4:38

The disciples knew what to do. Isn’t it true? They knew what to do, and they were the first to do it. Do what exactly? Well, they did literally what you and I do metaphorically. They praised Him in the storm. We know the story. First came the wind, then the waves. And with teeth chattering and knees knocking, the terrified bunch woke the only one who could put the sea to sleep.

This week is such a good reminder for me that Jesus may have been asleep in the boat, but He wasn’t asleep at the wheel. And it’s not that the storm wasn’t threatening, or that the disciples were silly for being scared. No, the storm that night was real. But Jesus took their fears seriously.

Of all the things we can learn from this story, it’s that Jesus didn’t hush the storm to prove its insignificance. He hushed it to show their significance to Him.

Your storms are real. Our fears are real. But when your teeth chatter and my knees buckle, we can follow their lead, amen? They knew what to do. We can too. In many ways, we’re in the same boat. Brings a lump to my throat to think He’s patiently waiting for me to wake Him up.

–Jimmy Peña

For Discussion: Prayers for anyone in the storm today. Let’s pray for those less fortunate and the homeless during this strong winter storm. I was traveling this weekend speaking in Florida and what a time. God you guys today. Prayers for everyone.