Scripture: Luke 8:16–25
Key verse: (25a) [Jesus] said to them, “Where is your faith?”
Reflection: My wife’s great-aunt was engaged to a ship’s captain who perished at sea, Lake Superior, to be exact, and she never married. Sounds romantic, but I think for the 99-year-old woman I knew, it was just tragic. The ocean, the sea, the lake, the local pool — places we will flock to in the warm months ahead — bring along with great refreshment the potential for great danger too. But gloat not mountain people, for where on this earth are we free from trouble’s reach?
So, on a lake, in the midst of a storm, afraid of losing their life, the disciples in our passage today lose their cool, their faith, to be exact. Trouble can happen so quickly. Though he soothes the wind and therefore the waves, Jesus is not so soothing to his companions. He asks “Where is your faith?” I usually answer for them in the story thinking “I lost it with the rest of my stomach over the side of the boat an hour ago, thank-you very much.”
But here is what they didn’t lose: Jesus.
I know, I know, such an obvious answer. Let’s just tie this devotion up with a ribbon and call it done. But, when storms swell, trouble ensues, and everything falls apart again, even the most obvious, most predictable, answer to every children’s story is hard to find, and with no Jesus, we have no faith either.
“I am right here,” Jesus says. And he will still a storm, feed a crowd, heal the sick, pray, preach, go to hell, and even raise the dead just so we get the point. Where on this earth are we out of God’s reach?
Prayer: “O, God, be kind to me. Thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.”
Breton Fisherman’s Prayer.
Author: Derek Macleod
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].