One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side of the lake.’ So they put out, and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A gale swept down on the lake, and the boat was filling with water, and they were in danger. They went to him and woke him up, shouting, ‘Master, Master, we are perishing!’ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’ They were afraid and amazed, and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?’
Reflection by Janet Derby
The world is a scary place. Climate change threatens our earth, mass shootings happen all too often, cancer affects every family I know. It is easy to identify with the disciples and their fear and their need to call out to Jesus. It may not be so easy to identify with the calm that ensues after Jesus rebukes the wind, nor to summon the faith that he indicates should be a part of us. For even those with deep faith continue to face storms in their lives. The reminder in this story is that God is with us, even in the storm, helping to bring peace and challenging us to recognize that we are not alone.
God of Wind and Waves, Help me to feel your presence, even in the frightening times. Help me also to be the calming and reassuring voice when those around me are experiencing the tempests of life. Amen.