Jesus is with Us

The summer storms remind me of the story of Jesus on the Sea of Galilee calming a storm. Jesus, tired from a long day of teaching and healing, asks the disciples to take him across to the other side of the Sea of Galilee; other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the boat was being swamped. It must have been some kind of storm, because these seasoned fishermen were panicking. Meanwhile, Jesus is in the back of the boat, asleep on a cushion.

The disciples do the smart thing and go to Jesus, wake him up and plead with Jesus … “don’t you care…?” (Ever had one of those prayers?) Jesus calms the storm with a word. There is a dead calm. He asks them a question, “Why are you afraid?”  

Do you have any storms or anxiety in your life? It’s easy to become discouraged amidst the storms of life. I think the story encourages us to go to Christ, especially during those times in our lives when the storms are raging. And don’t feel too badly about yourself – if the disciples who were right next to Jesus were frightened, it’s normal for us to be frightened, too.

As we pray, seeking discernment for God’s will and wisdom in our lives, Jesus is with us even if it appears that he’s asleep in the back of the boat. The truth of God’s love for us in Christ Jesus is clear, even if our ability to understand is imperfect.

Oh, and at the end of the story, the people ask the question about Jesus, “Who then is this that even the wind and sea obey him?” Who do you say he is?

See you in church.
Pastor Kalland