Scripture: Mark 4:35-41
Key verse: (39) He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.
Reflection: Jesus was sleeping in the boat (Jesus took naps!) when the storm arose and the waves began to toss the boat around. The disciples woke him and he spoke directly to the wind and to the sea. In the ancient world the sea was a symbol of chaos. Storms came up quickly and violently, leaving anyone on a boat feeling out of control and vulnerable. Jesus brought calm to the wind and to the sea, reminding us that God is with us when we are vulnerable and afraid.
What storm has arisen in your life?
· A diagnosis or a medical treatment
· A death or a painful loss
· Financial burdens that you can’t handle
· Unemployment or stress at work
· National turmoil and political unrest
· Family strain, marital infidelity, parenting uncertainties
· Questions about your future
All of those storms can leave us feeling out of control and vulnerable. Though our circumstances differ, we all feel vulnerable and frightened sometimes. We find ourselves, like the disciples on the boat, wondering if God cares. Take a quiet moment to imagine that Jesus is with you and listen for what Jesus might say in the midst of your storm. What words will Jesus speak to the wind and to the waves? Even if the storm doesn’t come to a dead calm, perhaps Jesus will offer peace to you in the middle of it. Jesus will remind you of his presence in your boat. You are not alone.
Prayer: Dear God, be good to me;
The sea is so wide,
And my boat is so small. Amen.
(This is known as the Old Breton fisherman’s prayer and was given to new submarine captains by Admiral Hyman Rickover who gave a plaque to President John F Kennedy with this prayer. President Kennedy favored this quote and used in his remarks at the dedication of the East Coast Memorial to the Missing at Sea, May 23, 1963. He kept the plaque on his desk in the Oval Office.)
Author: Millie Snyder
[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].