Jesus Calms the Storm
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in 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.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Jesus had been teaching the crowds all day, he was tired. He sleeps in the boat, then a storm came, Jesus carried on sleeping in the bottom of the boat. The disciples were amazed that Jesus slept during the storm. The disciples were frightened they were going to drown. Eventually they wake Jesus up and he calms the storm and questions their lack of trust in God.
Last week we talked about growing in faith, it seemed the disciples too had to grow in faith. They had a question for Jesus: ‘do you not care that we are perishing?’ Our big questions may be different, but it is important to know that Jesus cares about us. Ask Jesus questions if you struggle with what is happening around you.
Do you have tough questions you want to ask Jesus?
How might Jesus answer your questions?
What things in life do you find difficult – will talking to Jesus help?
Dear Jesus, help me to remember that even when I am worried about things, I can’t control or understand that you always love and care for me and that I can come to you with my questions whether they are big or small.
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