Scripture: Mark 4:35-41
Reflection: I am a big advocate for being direct with God. Let God know what you think in the moments of life that are chaotic, heart-breaking or difficult to understand. Our God is big enough to take whatever we bring. The psalmists are famous for yelling at God and the disciples follow their lead. On the boat when they feel like they are going down, they ask him, “Don’t you care?” Jesus is apparently asleep and the disciples are concerned for their lives. I can imagine how frantic they felt because they could not do anything to change their situation. They needed Jesus.
There are many days that we feel the same way. We want Jesus to wake up and transform our scary situations into something peaceful.
If I can be direct with God, I guess God can be direct with me. That is exactly what happens to the disciples in the gospel of Mark. Jesus gets up and asks what is going on. Don’t they believe yet? When we yell “Wake up, Lord!” we have to be ready for the Jesus to tell us that we are the ones who have been asleep.
Lent is a time to have our thoughts challenged, stretched and reshaped. It’s time to wake up.
Prayer: Wake us up, O Lord, from our easy-going sleep. Help us remember that you are in control. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[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].