Sleeping the Storm Away- Mark 4:35-41

“And He was in the rear of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awoke Him, and said unto Him, “Teacher, care you not that we perish?” –Mark 4:38

It could have been terrifying to be aboard a ship that is about to capsize. The sea turns into a huge mountain of waves that hammer on the ship that is slowly wearing out. It could be the longest hours of your life not knowing whether you would live to see the next sunlight. The normal instinct is to grab a life jacket and prepare to abandon the ship before it takes you deep under the sea.

In the text, a squall caught the disciples on a ship in the middle of the sea. They panicked. They wanted to save both their lives and their ship. However, in the middle of the commotion, they found the Lord at the stern peacefully sleeping on a pillow so they woke Him up saying, “Teacher, care you not that we perish?” Immediately, the Lord stood up and rebuked the wind. He said unto the sea, “Peace, be still”, the wind died down, and there was a great calm.

Storms come into our lives when we least expect. They smash us and even break us up into pieces. We cry out in pain because it seems beyond our capacity to take and like the disciples, we ask the Lord, “Don’t you care about me anymore?” However, these storms of problems are part of human existence. In one way or another, we will stumble to unexpected situations that melt us down like a sudden loss of job, broken relationships, sickness, and many other enervating circumstances.

In spite of this, the Lord has given us the assurance of His saving power and with just one word; He will pacify the rough seas of our lives. The Lord knows our troubles and His help will come immediately. When you begin to trust the Lord with all your heart, you will be peaceful in the face of trouble and like the Lord Jesus; you can sleep in the middle of a storm.

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