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?” Mark 4:38
There is only one mention of Jesus sleeping in the Bible, and that is in the book of Mark. Because we serve a God that never sleeps, it is one of the mysteries placed here in scripture. Other than maybe to test the disciples resolve, to show them what He could do for them in the time of a storm, and perhaps to show the disciples that all He has to do is speak and even the storm will obey Him. Many of us today, are exactly like the disciples, we think we know all the things that Jesus can do; yet, we find ourselves in storms asking the same thing “Jesus, don’t you care if we drown”? When confronted with life’s applications, such as, sickness, divorce, unemployment, injustices, and death we often times wonder, “Jesus, don’t you care if we drown”? It is hard to think that our Jesus might be sleeping while we are in the mist of adversity. So, what do we do? We hold on, because it does not matter that Jesus sleeps for if He does, He still has His eyes on us; more importantly, He still lives. Not a slain King do we serve but a Living King that is wide-awake in the mist of all despair. We cannot let the winds of rejection, hate, loneliness, disrespect and other difficulties blow down our foundation. Nor is the storm the time to be incredulous. Take your rain gear in the storm, find the moments that light the path to peace, and be not discouraged or afraid that you are going to drown. The more you know about Jesus the more prepared you will be when a storm arises.
Prayer: Father there are times when we are really tested and there are times when it does not seem like the test will ever be over. We possibly cry out “are you going to let us drown” but then we hear your voice and your command in our lives that Peace Be Still and the storm dissipates. Thank you for the storms, the living streams that water our lives and help us strive to be more and more like you! In my storms Lord, hold my hand permit me your presence so that I may gaze upon the one who will never leave me in this I pray. AMEN!