“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was 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. But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’ And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, ‘Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!’” (Mark 4:35-41).

In Mark 4, Jesus was asleep in the stern of the boat when a great windstorm arose, swamping the boat. Such is life. Storms come unannounced: health, finances, work… and we are immediately tempted to question God’s love. “Don’t you care about me?” Which is exactly what the disciples said: “Don’t you care?” Don’t underestimate the power of this question. It gets personal: “Why are you allowing this, God?”

This is a crucial moment. Some bail out of the boat, simply walking away from Jesus out into their trial on their own, blaming God for allowing it.Some bail the blessings out of their lives by failing to walk with God and give Him the chance to move in their lives. Some swim for another boat, not realizing every boat in this world is in the stormy waters where sin’s waves run free.

Too many Christians live in constant anxiety over what tomorrow will bring. We dive into our fears, forgetting Jesus is with us.
The disciples forgot something important. Jesus said, “Let us pass over to the other side.” He did not say, “Let us go into the middle of the lake and sink.” Grab hold of God’s word and believe in Him! God allows storms into our lives, sometimes to grow our faith, to correct our path, or to perfect us or use us in another’s life. We need to see our storms as spiritual opportunities to activate our faith.

Adapted from “It Happened on the Sea” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis