Sleeping Through the Storm
Most of us are very familiar with the story of Matthew 8:23-27. Take the time to read it before you start here. Jesus gets on a boat with his disciples and proceeds to sleep through a storm. The disciples reaction was different. They were terrified for their lives. They woke Him up and asked him to save them. He woke and immediately calmed the storm.
This is a simple story of trust for most, and I think we all struggle with simple reminders and stories like this sounding fresh. Of course we hear this story and we think “yes, I know. Have faith in the storm”. But both Paul and Peter say it is good to be reminded of these things even when we are firmly planted in the truth.
The storm is absolutely a symbol for us to represent our hardships, but the importance of Jesus’ reaction is just as true today as it was then. He wasn’t next to the boat, he wasn’t on the phone talking them through a disaster or praying for them. He was literally “in the same boat”. And his reaction was to sleep.
Our natural inclination when things happen that we perceive as bad and out of our control is to panic and worry. But just as the disciples didn’t actually need to have Jesus calm the storm to stop worrying about it, neither do we. All we need to do is look to His reaction and mirror it.
Are you worrying about something that Jesus is not? This week I implore you to look to your Saviour’s reaction. Ask for the same peace that He received from His Father: a peace so great that it not only removes the fear, but shows you that in comparison to how geat your God is that this storm is so small you may just decide to sleep right through it.