Picture yourself in the boat with Jesus’ disciples. Jesus is sound asleep, but a wild storm is raging all around. According to Luke, “A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger” (8:23). There you are “in great danger,” and Jesus is taking a nap!
Since one of the things Jesus came to do was to show us what God is like and how to relate to Him, I wonder if that isn’t what He was doing here: showing His disciples, and through the narrative, us, how to (or in the case of the disciples, not to) approach God when circumstances get scary.
When life’s storms threaten to pull us overboard into the murky depths, we can panic like the disciples did or remain calm like Jesus. We can leave situations that are beyond our control calmly in God’s hands. Jesus didn’t rebuke the disciples for asking for help. God wants us to ask for His help, and He’s happy to give it! No. Jesus scolded the disciples for being afraid. They’d seen Him in action enough times to know that Jesus had everything under control–even the wind and the waves! Jesus wanted his disciples to approach Him in confidence with faith that He could make things right according to His plan.
Fortunately, God knows we’re human. Sometimes we let our emotions get the best of us. When we do, we should ask God to forgive us and learn the lesson for next time–just like the disciples did. When the next storm comes, remember what Jesus has already done and leave the situation in His care.
Jesus, I’ve seen You in action, and I believe You have everything under control. When life’s storms frighten me, help me to approach You in confidence and faith. Help me to rest as I leave the outcome to You. Amen.