35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”Mark 4:35–41 (NKJV)
I think this is a great passage. It shows many things of how Jesus responded to life around him. After a long day of ministry, Jesus was tired yet he felt there was something more he needed to do. So He told the disciples to get a boat and head to the other side. As they went, just like you are I would be Jesus was tired. As they were going along their journey, Jesus falls asleep. A storm arose on the sea of Gallilee that was so violent the fisherman disciples were scared of losing their lives. Upon awakening Jesus and telling him of their peril he simply ask them a couple questions. Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith? So with just a word, Jesus commanded the elements to be still and the wind and the sea obeyed Him.
Of course I feel this spoke to my current situation of recovering from knee surgery. As I read the questions Jesus asked the disciples, I could hear Him as me the same questions concerning my physical body. Why am I fearful, when I know He is with me? What happened to my faith? I think I’m fearful because I cannot see the end from the beginning and I want to move on faster than I am. My faith on the other hand is being challenged and clouded by what I do not see. I feel this was a gentle reminder to lay aside fear and trust the Shepherd of my soul. Go back to the beginning and believe He is good. I thought I had that down pretty well, but through the absence of adversity, theory is always easy to come by.
Thank you Father for yet another reminder of your goodness and mercy. Today, I choose to have no fear as I look to you. Today my faith is in all that I personally know about You. Like the 3 Hebrew slaves of old, I know I’m ok in the fire because You are with me.