“One day Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side of the lake.’ So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we’re going to drown!’ He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. ‘Where is your faith?’ he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, ‘Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.’” Luke 8:22-25
The disciples were not just ordinary, run-of-the-mill kind of sports fishermen, occasionally dropping a line to catch a few fish. They didn’t just get in their boats on the weekends for fun. Before Jesus called them to leave their nets behind, some of them had made their living on the sea. Day in and day out these sailors had gotten into their boats, set sail, and fished. They were experienced when it came to handling a boat and they knew their way around a storm. Jesus and His disciples got into a boat and set out across the lake. Jesus fell asleep in the boat. A storm blew up, an ordinary event on the sea, but this was no ordinary run-of-the-mill kind of storm. These were hurricane winds, torrential rains, and violent waves. These experienced fishermen were not experienced enough for this. The boat filled with water faster than they could bail it out. The winds tossed them about like a toy. They knew enough about storms that this time they knew they were going to drown. Jesus was asleep in the boat. They went and woke Him. “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” Jesus rebuked the wind. He rebuked the raging waves. Immediately the gale ceased. Peace, sweet peace, calm, rest after the terrifying life-threatening storm. Then, Jesus rebuked the disciples, “Where is your faith?” Jesus was in the boat. Jesus was with them. He might have been asleep, but He was in the boat. It didn’t matter what it looked like to the disciples. It didn’t matter that this storm was bigger than any they had ever encountered. It didn’t matter that the boat was filling with water. It didn’t matter that the waves were sky high and the winds were deadly force. What mattered was that Jesus was with them. What mattered was that Jesus spoke and calmed the sea. The disciples were afraid and they marveled, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
Who is He? He is the One whose Word had spoken the sea into existence and He was in the boat with them! Too big of a storm? NO! Jesus was with them. Too big of a storm in our lives? NO! Jesus is with us.