I’m a pretty heavy sleeper. I sleep through storms just fine, and I set 10 alarms every morning just to be sure I don’t sleep through them. But I’ll tell you what: I would not be found sleeping in a boat, during a storm, while that boat is being flooded with water.
In Mark 4:35-41, we find Jesus curled up in the stern of a boat, snoozing on a cushion while a storm is brewing. As the waves rise, the water actually starts to get in the boat, and the disciples panic. They frantically wake up Jesus and ask him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Then, Jesus got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Suddenly, the wind died down, and it was completely calm. Then he said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
There’s a few things we can glean from this passage and apply to our own lives when we experience our own “storms” of this life. First, we can notice Jesus modeling peace in the midst of the storms. When we know the character of God and really trust His good plans for us, we can have unexplainable peace in the hardest of circumstances. We can also learn from the disciples and how they turned to Jesus when things started to get rocky. They didn’t just try to manage it themselves—they were honest and communicated their concerns and fears. God invites us to do the same when our world starts to get a little shaky, too. Finally, Jesus demonstrated his power over the wind and waves, showing that He ultimately had it all under control.
As 2022 begins, and perhaps life is feeling difficult or out of control, remember the power and presence of Jesus. It’s so easy to shift our eyes away from Jesus and towards all the problems around us. Don’t forget: He is in the boat, too. He’s a good God, and He’s still in control.
Spend some time today remembering the power and faithfulness of God for you personally, as well as ways He has proven faithful throughout Scripture. Pray for God to bring these areas to mind, and write them down so you don’t forget them.