Mark – The Facts.
Have you ever been wildly awakened from a sound sleep by your kids being sick, the dog overturning a potted plant or a picture falling from a wall? It is not easy to recover and think through what is happening until you gain composure and get your brain working enough to solve the problem. We are human.
Just yesterday, a very large frame of family pictures took a dive off the living room wall because the screws were not in the frame deep enough to hold the weight. Glass shattered into spikes and small pieces as it hit the floor, slid under the couch and across the room. This loud crash was so sudden and unexpected that I was physically shaking as I looked over the situation with Randy. As we were cleaning up the mess, we were thanking God that this did not happen while a kid or grandkid was present! No one was hurt. We are human.
God came down in human form in the body of Jesus. Jesus needed rest as a human. Even though Jesus is also God and we are told God never sleeps, Jesus, son of man, was tired from preaching and was asleep in the stern (the way back) of the boat. Jesus was the one who told them to get into the boat and take them all to the other side of the sea. Did He know a storm was brewing? Did the Son of God trust the Father enough to know it didn’t matter what storms might come?
In rest, we can be suddenly caught in the storms of life. But here is Jesus, awakened and immediately it seems, rises to calm the wind and relax the sea with a simple, “Quiet! Settle down!” Then He turns to His disciples and gave them a reprimand in their training…”Have you no faith at all?” They are still learning about who He is and why He came. Are we?
Where is our faith in the storms of life? Do we spend too much time in fret and worry? (Yes.) Remember, Jesus has our backs!
Mark 4, The Message
The Wind Ran Out of Breath
35-38 Late that day he said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side.” They took him in the boat as he was. Other boats came along. A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him, saying, “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?”
39-40 Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!” The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?”
41 They were in absolute awe, staggered. “Who is this, anyway?” they asked. “Wind and sea at his beck and call!”
Think about it…
–These men were able boat handlers as fishermen. They had seen storms before, we are sure, but this storm perplexed them and got to be too much for them. I wonder why? Were they tired, too and needed to rest so they could be at their best?
–Jesus was asleep having extreme faith in our Father. His trust in the Father is a great example to us. His mission would not be thwarted over a troubled sea. Mm.
–Jesus was son of man and Son of God at the same time while on earth. Jesus at the back of the boat…had their backs so to speak!
–Jesus is, was and will continue to be God as part of the Holy Trinity.
–God never sleeps and knows the storms we are going through at this moment and is there seeing us through it. Reach out and take His hand. Feel the love pass through His touch.
–What IS the measure of our faith? Evaluate, as I am this morning.
Dear Heavenly Father, This familiar story still challenges us with deeper thoughts of you living here for awhile among humans and setting the example for the depth of our growing faith and trust in You. Help us in our shock and unbelief at times until we get our bearings, awake from sleep and sluggishness and focus fully on You for all the details of this life. You are God! And we are not. We know that full well.
In Jesus Name, Amen