think we can all relate to the disciples in today’s bible story. Life
gets rough sometimes and we start to worry or even panic. This lesson
from Mark teaches us that we need more faith, especially when those
dark and boisterous storms come.
Honestly, sometimes when those storms of life hit us,
it feels like God has forsaken us. There is an intrinsic teaching
value in this bible lesson, telling us that God does not forsake us.
After all, Jesus, the son of God, was in the boat with the disciples.
So, maybe God hasn’t forsaken us, but what this story
expresses is that sometimes it feels like God isn’t doing anything.
God isn’t answering our prayers in the hour of our greatest needs.
So, Jesus was asleep while the disciples were
frantically trying to stay afloat, trying to steer the boat clear of
the roaring waves. How was it even possible for Jesus to sleep through
such a storm? Was he that tired? Did he really not know what was going
on? Or did he pretend to sleep to test his disciples’ faith?
I’m saying this because Jesus, after calming the
storm, said this to the disciples: “Where is your faith?”
I think, other questions are implicit in this teaching
moment, such as: What were you thinking? That the son of God would
drown? That I would allow a storm, a few waves, and a little wind, to
Do you see what’s happening here? Suddenly our
question to God: “why don’t you answer our prayers?” is turned right
back at us: “where is your faith?” Turns out that Jesus expects us to
keep our faith during those hard times.
Personally, my biggest question is not how God can
expect us to have faith in those “God-forsaken” moments, but rather:
“what does such faith look like? What did Jesus expect the disciples
to do differently?
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