As evening came, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” – Mark 4:35-38 (NIV)
This must have been a monster of a storm. At least four of the disciples were fishermen who had spent their lives on the water and they were scared. They were in their element, but it was out of control and they knew they were in trouble, yet they waited until the boat was swamped before they went to Jesus. Did they think they could handle it on their own? Were they too proud to ask for help? Did they consider He could do something about it?
Even though they were traveling with Jesus, it was not all blue skies and smooth seas – Jesus never made such promises – but He was right there with them. When they finally called on Him, He saw them through. If you’re in a storm, seek out Jesus and hang on – He will make the wind and waves subside.
- Sue Breland, Meditations of Inspiration & Encouragement, Worship For One©