“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?” When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.”
Do you know that there is nothing in this world, greater or more powerful than our God? No circumstance, no storm and no thing, is greater than Jesus; a point amplified by today’s story.
While Jesus and His disciples were crossing over the lake, a storm began to brew that took a turn for the worse. High waves began crashing against the boat and the boat began to fill with water. It is not mentioned how big this boat was, but it couldn’t have been a big boat, which would have meant that those in it, realised that their lives were in danger. Yet notice the small yet significant detail that Mark chooses to include in his account of this story; ‘Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat WITH HIS HEAD ON A CUSHION’. Isn’t that an interesting point to highlight.
Making mention of this point shows us two things. Firstly, that Jesus was not fazed by the storm, and secondly, even when Jesus was sleeping, He knew He was in control and could rest in who He was and in His power. Some say that Jesus was so tired that He didn’t feel the effects of the storm, hence why He was sound asleep. Yet a more plausible reason why He didn’t wake up, must be the fact that He was in control. Nothing fazed Him. Nothing caused Jesus to fear. He knew who He was and He knew His Father would protect Him too.
Friends, as we too battle through the storms of life, let us spiritually rest, with our heads lying peacefully on a ‘cushion’, knowing that although a storm is raging all around us, we have a God who is more powerful than whatever we are facing. Call out to Him. Reach out to the God above all gods, to the Name above all names, knowing that He has the power to save from and protect you in, any storm you face. We too can rest in the storms.