And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was asleep in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
In the above verses, the people on the boat with Jesus were seasoned fisherman. They had experienced these sudden storms before and although we aren’t given more information, I have to believe that as the winds and waves came, they immediately switched into harsh weather condition mode. My guess would be that they rowed harder, dumped excess water, and helped secure people and belongings. Finally, someone has the courage to go and wake Jesus up.
Reading through this passage, I realized two things about myself. The first is that I often try to do everything in my own power before involving the Lord. Rather than running to Him first, I seek Him once I have exhausted all of my own resources. The second is that I often seek the Lord in a panic rather than resting in His ways.
Both are backwards from everything I know to be true as a follower of Christ. As His son I get to rest, knowing that my Savior has already conquered. As a believer, I should be involving Him first and always when hit with troublesome times because nothing I’m going through surprises Him.
A follower of Christ,