On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Jesus likes a good nap as much as I do. But nobody wants Jesus taking a nap in the middle of a storm. Like, Dude, we know you’re God and all, but hello, there’s a storm and we’re probably all gonna die, don’t you think you ought to take a nap later?!
I get it. The disciples were scared. Of course they were. Because it looked like Jesus didn’t care about their needs, or their lives, or their troubles as much as he cared about his nap.
You’ve been there, haven’t you? In those times where you feel like God doesn’t care. Like He’s too busy taking care of other more important things, or that he’s so far removed from you that He can’t even see the storms you’re facing, what with all the angels and clouds and harps and stuff being all distracting up in Heaven.
But that’s just not God.
Jesus and I have been talking a lot about this lately. Storms are such a common part of my life. If it’s not one thing then it’s another. Health. Finances. Kids. Jobs. War. Famine. Strife. Why isn’t God doing something?! It’s like He’s asleep on the job.
So, the other night, my husband and I were faced with one of those big scary storms. See, we always get a little stressed out when it’s forecasted to rain a lot. Back in 2016 our basement flooded and it traumatized us a little bit. We’ve taken steps to keep the basement from flooding, but we still get antsy when the forecast calls for a lot of rain.
So I went to the Lord and I said, “Jesus. Please don’t let our basement flood.”
His response was beautiful. He said, “Come and cuddle here with me in the boat. Let’s have a nap together.”
I admit it wasn’t the answer I was looking for. Not at all, honestly. But this crazy nonsense peace fell over me. I told my husband what He said and we literally decided to just go to bed and stop worrying about it. I slept like a baby. And in the morning everything was fine. No flooded basement.
That’s who Jesus is. Getting us through our storms is what He does.
Jesus asked His disciples why they didn’t trust Him. He’s God. He doesn’t need to be awake to calm the storm. He knows it’s raging. He’s God. And we are safe in His arms. So safe. But the disciples still marveled over Him.
“Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
So, that’s my question for you today. Who is this Jesus? The one the winds and waves obey? Will you trust Him to lead you and protect you from the storms in your life? When he offers, will you go and cuddle into a good nap with Him the next time the storm clouds rumble and the waves rock you?
Who is this Jesus? He is God. He is savior. He is yours to trust. Will you trust Him?