“That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.” (Mark 4:35-37 NIV)
After a long day of teaching by the lake, Jesus spoke to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” He was tired and it seemed that he fell asleep shortly after he got in the boat.
Mark tells us that while on their way over, they encountered a squall. Squalls weren’t a new phenomenon, at least not to the fishermen. At first, they probably had confidence in their experience of past squalls, in their rowing abilities, confidence in the oars, the boat, etc…
But this was not an ordinary storm, Mark tells us that the squall was “furious” and that the waves were breaking into the boat which caused the boat to fill with water. As the fury of the storm increased, their confidence begun to wane, soaked by the pounding waves. Doubt mingled with fear voiced the question, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?“
A furious squall, the boat about to sink and Jesus was fast asleep. The disciples had to wake Him. How could he be sleeping at such a time!
Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
Today, you may be facing a furious storm of your own, in fact, the world itself seems to be facing an unrelenting storm. You are soaked by the pounding waves of life, exhausted by your efforts to keep things afloat. You begin to wonder if Jesus truly cares.
Don’t you care?
Fear and doubt usually reveal themselves in a question and many of us may have had the same question at some point, “Lord don’t you care if we drown?”
A question that I am all too familiar with. I too have asked this question as the storms raged about me.
Do you remember the words Jesus said at the beginning? “Let us go over to the other side.”
That was not wishful thinking on His part. He is faithful to His Word. He fully intended for all of them to get to the other side. The same is true for you today my friend.
And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. V39-40 ESV
Peace! Be still! Simple but powerful words spoken by Jesus. The winds and waves had no choice but to obey. Suddenly there was a “great calm.” He truly does care.
He cares for you, my friend. He is still able to rebuke the wind and tell the waves.
So when doubt and fear want to show up, greet them with “Quiet! Be still! Remember you will get to the other side because Jesus is in the boat.