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“That day when evening came, Jesus 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!'” (Mark 4:35-41).

Take the boat to the other side of the lake–pretty routine for fisherman. But, then, the storm hit. Imagine the howling wind and the rain pouring down; the waves crashing over the sides of the boat taking your feet out from under you. The disciples would be shouting to each other, “Grab that sail! Help me out over here!” And, through it all, Jesus is sleeping. Then, over the chaos, the voice of the savior orders the wind and the waves, “Quiet be still!” A holy hush engulfs the frantic disciples. The wind, the waves, the rain, the shouting are just gone and the awe of that moment leaves these guys wondering just who it is that they have in the boat with them. Teacher nothing! This guy is God!

Our squalls aren’t on a lake. Ours are sickness, divorce, death and when we are in the middle of the storm we’re not thinking about getting to the other side. Instead, the storm gets our full attention. Not so with Jesus; the storms don’t even wake Him up! He knows where we are going. He’s in the same boat with us. He said never will I leave you. Never will I abandon you. He’s not going to leave us to drown. Even the wind and waves obey Him so call upon Him. Psalm 91 says, “He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him” (Psalm 91:15).

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