On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Imagine you are on a small, rickety fishing boat, full to capacity, too far from land to see the shore. A storm comes, which is scary enough, but then the waves start to wash into the boat. It starts filling with water faster than you can bail the water out, and the boat starts to sink. How do you respond? Most of us, I imagine, would respond much like the disciples. We would ask God to save us in a state of semi- (if not full-blown) panic.
But how many of us would respond like Jesus?
Jesus was so confident in God’s plan for Him, His faith was so strong, that He was able to sleep through the storm. “Have you still no faith?” He asks the disciples. Do they not trust that God would take care of them? And even if the ship were to sink, wouldn’t that be part of God’s plan for them? What, then, is there to be afraid of?
There are times in everyone’s life when it feels like our ship is sinking. Maybe it’s finances, or grief, or loneliness, or failure. Everyone at some point in their life feels like there is nothing they can do to keep from drowning. Literally, it feels like drowning. But instead of panicking or despairing, we must look to Jesus as an example. Trust in God. If He is powerful enough to handle the seas, surely He can handle you.
Now, that’s not to say you should take this story too literally and sleep through your problems. I think some good bailing efforts are never amiss, not the least because they help keep us busy, which can help hold the panic at bay. But you should be calm enough that you aren’t losing sleep. Trust God. He’s got this.