“A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was at the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’ He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” — Mark 4:37-39
Had we been in the boat, our faith would have had an advantage over the disciples. Unlike them, we have the Bible... two thousand years of church history... the testimony of the Resurrection... the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The disciples had none of that.
So what would have been our response when the squall hit the boat? I like to believe I would have held on to the rigging and leaned over to whisper in Jesus’ ear, “Don’t wake up from Your sleep, Lord. Rest easy and our Father’s grace will see me through this storm. I trust You’re in control no matter what You are doing.” Oh, for the chance to show Jesus that, yes, I can trust Him!
Well, I have that chance every day. And so do you.
“I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea come drifting home with broken masts and sails; I shall believe the hand which never fails, from seeming evil worketh good to me. And, thought I weep because those sails are battered, still will I cry, while me best hopes lie shattered, ‘I trust in thee.’”*
May my trust in You be complete, O Lord. May my confidence never waver and my hope never falter. When stormy trials beset me, May I rely on You finally and fully.