Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples.
Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.
The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
Jesus responded, “why are you afraid? You have so little faith!”
Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was great calm. The disciples were amazed, “who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”
The summer of 2012 in Britain proved unusual.
It started with torrents of rain bucketing down from leaden skies. And then as if remembering that the UK was hosting a major international event, the sun broke through and bathed much of the London Olympics in golden rays.
Weather for the most part is unremarkable and little noticed. Yet when homes are flooded, streets submerged and sea defences crumble, we sit up and take notice.
Indeed, we are somewhat silenced and intimidated by the power of nature cut loose.
Bobbing in a small fishing boat on the sea of Galilee, Matthew describes how some fishermen became agitated when the weather turned ugly. Used to fishing this large inland lake, this storm must have been exceptional.
Close to sinking, they woke Jesus up, who was resting in God’s full provision. Jesus stands up, orders the storm stilled, and calm suddenly returns.
As well as being an amazing miracle, there is a spiritual principle of critical value here. We can face similarly unnerving threats and challenges in spheres which we are skilled and gifted.
Many people with increased work pressures or fears of redundancy regularly lose sleep through worry, No matter what their skills and experience, they are unable to tame the circumstances that threatens to swamp them.
Throughout, Jesus is waiting to be invited to come into the situation and restore the calm.
Following Jesus and seeking time aside in silence and prayer produces solid foundations upon which the God-filled life is forged.