Mary continued to watch as her Son captured the people with His message of love and forgiveness. She couldn’t help but notice that He was growing tired and overcome by all of it. He needed some rest. As a mother, it’s almost certain that she was concerned about His physical state at this time. Even though He was the Son of God, He also carried a human body – subject to exhaustion, hunger, pain and suffering.
Jesus knew He needed to get away from the crowds for a while too. He and His disciples got into a boat and headed to the other side of the lake to get some much needed rest. Jesus immediately went to sleep. He was in the midst of a deep slumber when a squall came up, putting everyone on the boat at jeopardy. Despite their best efforts, the disciples feared the worst. They thought this would be the end for all of them. They panicked. They ran to Jesus in their fear and woke Him, begging for His help.
Jesus calmed the raging sea and stilled the waters with just the sound of His voice. By doing so, He showed the divine side of Himself. Only God can control the weather and the elements that result from it.
We’re surrounded by various storms in life. Right now we’re facing the threat of a worldwide disease which is moving at lightening speed. We may lose a loved one – lose jobs – lose our savings and belongings. You can see a similar thread weaving its way through this patchwork of pain and loss. When a storm occurs it can result in complete desperation or it can pull us together to help one another.
God wants us to depend on Him in times of trouble, but He also wants us to care about each other when we’re all in the same boat. God is always in control. He has promised never to leave us. It’s hard for us to believe that sometimes, but He doesn’t lie.
That doesn’t mean we simply sit back and wait for Him to fix everything. He gives us the means with which to mend our physical situation, by providing us with logical minds – physical strength – determination – and faith. Instead, we often raise our hands in despair and sometimes even curse God for bringing torment into our lives.
When faced with difficulties, we panic – we lose hope – our faith wanes – we firmly believe this is the end for us – we give up. We quickly forget that Jesus is our companion through life and into eternity..
Dear, Lord, Jesus,
Thank you for calming the storms of life – for rebuking the devil and all his wicked ways – for walking beside me – for carrying me through the most difficult times. I ask that you give comfort to those who face great loss. Remind them of your presence in their lives. I will forever praise your Holy Name. Amen