Saturday, September 16, 2017

Mark 4:35-41

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

 

First the disciples were terrified at the storm. Then they were terrified when Jesus stilled the storm. Jesus asked them, “Do you still have no faith?” We have to admit that we are no different from the disciples. In circumstances like theirs, Jesus would probably ask us the same question.

We don’t live in hurricane territory like those down south who endured Harvey and Irma. I can’t imagine having winds over 100 miles an hour, or even a tornado coming across the plains. Yet we rightly fear natural disasters and other tragedies that occur.

Should we fear one who has control over our natural elements? Instead, let us be ready to give God praise, after that first realization that we are out of control in a situation. Let’s add into the mix our awe and our worship and our praise, for clearly God is in our midst. May we be on the lookout for miracles, signs that God is here and working and active within our world.

 

Prayer

Thank you, dear God, for signs that remind us of your power. Thank you for miracles that break into our ordinary world – things that shouldn’t happen but they do. Unexpected healing. Peace in the midst of a storm. One is saved or blessed or restored or given another chance. Help us look for you to remember that you are in charge, not us. Amen.

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