Musings in Mark

Reading: Mark 4. 35-41
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
In this week’s passage from Mark’s Gospel, we find Jesus totally in control. In fact, He is so in control that as the storm rises, and the boat that Jesus and the disciples were sailing in is swamped by the waves, He is asleep on a cushion. This is one of those lovely moments where the detail provided adds so much to our appreciation of the event. Keep in mind that Mark’s is a fast-paced Gospel. He tells us that which he believes we really need to hear. And so this fact that Jesus is asleep on a cushion tells us something important. It tells us that His trust in God is total and absolute.
That is not what the disciples see. They see the man who is supposed to take care of them sleeping in the midst of the storm, and to them that looks as though Jesus doesn’t care: “Do you not care that we are perishing?” they ask. Perhaps you and I have felt like the disciples. Perhaps in the midst of our storms, it seems as though the LORD is oblivious to our plight, when in fact the reality is that He is totally in control.
In the end, His word is enough. He simply says to the wind and the waves: “Peace, be still”, and there is calm. The reality is that Jesus’ word is enough for our lives too. So, when you are in the midst of the storm, believe that He has a word for you, and that even when you lose control, He never does.


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