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#99 Be Still

(continued from yesterday…)

A huge wave crashes over the boat. Hope fails as skill and strength are useless and their boat fills with water.

Several disciples are fisherman; their whole lives have been spent battling the storms of this lake, but they are losing this one. Fighting the wind and the waves, they forget Jesus is with them.

Suddenly they remember, but their cries to him are drowned by the shrieking wind. Has he abandoned them? A lightening flash reveals him peacefully sleeping. Waking him they say, “Don’t you care that we’re sinking? We’re about to die!”

Calmly he gets up, “Be still,” he speaks to the storm, holding up a hand as if to stop it, and the wind dies, the waves drop. There is no fear in Jesus face because there is no fear in his heart.

He turns to them saying, “Why were you afraid? You still don’t have faith?”

Faith? They have no idea what just happened! They see only peace and love in his face. In awe, they are  silent. Even Peter doesn’t attempt words for his feelings. But soon they, and those in the other boats, say to each other, “What kind of man speaks to wind or water, and it obeys?”

But it wasn’t his power Jesus trusted. His Father’s power stilled the storm. Jesus rested because of his confidence in God’s care.

We, too, can have that peace! If we belong to God, He is with us, and there is no need to fear.*

Mark 4:38-41,   Matthew 8:25-27,   Luke 8:24-25    *Psalm 107:29-30,  Isaiah 32:17

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