He fell asleep. The sky turns yellow than just very dark. Surely he’ll wake up. The waves swell. The rain begins. He’ll definitely wake up now. The men feel sick. The boat nearly tips over. Is he really still sleeping? The men can hardly hang on to the boat. Two men begin to cry. We can’t take it any longer…
“The disciples woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” – Mark 4:38
Don’t you CARE?
Don’t you even CARE?
We’re dying here.
I still don’t have a job and we don’t have any money. Don’t you care?
Jess died. One of my best friends DIED Jesus – don’t you even care?
She has cancer.
There are so many orphans.
Our church doesn’t have enough money.
I don’t like my job.
This is difficult.
Don’t you care? Don’t you care if we drown??
He’s sleeping. How could he be sleeping? How could he possibly care and be sleeping?
Because, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” – Col. 1:17
Out of his compassion for us helpless sheep (Matthew 9:36) he first calms the storm before saying anything to the disciples. He didn’t say, “Peter – what are you doing? I’m the son of God, I can sleep when I want to sleep. Leave me alone!” He didn’t try to teach them their needed lesson of faith while they were still being tossed by the waves. No, he first out of compassion, spoke to the wind and waves, “Quiet! Be Still.” That’s right – Jesus rebuked the wind and spoke to the waves. And they obeyed. He commands stillness. HE brings quiet and calmness.
But as the good teacher, he gives them what the men really needed. More than the storm to pass, they needed faith. I.need.faith.
“He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” – Mark 4:40
Why are you so afraid?
Do you not remember that I AM?
Do you not know that I am working all things together for good?
Do you still have no faith?
WHY ARE YOU SO AFRAID?
I gave you the wind, the rain, and the waves, that you might call on me. That you might believe I had power to still them. I gave you the storm for your good. I care. I care that you need a job. I care that you need money. I care that your friend died. I care for the orphans, for your aunt, for your job, for your future. I care, because I AM love.
And love allows storms.