Life has come to a point where nothing seems to work and hopelessness, fear and doubt have taken a toll on us. Normalcy seems to have taken a trip to an unknown destination and we are left scampering beneath a cloud of fear.
Everything seems to be falling apart and we are left wondering where to run to find help and at least, a peace of mind. Well, I believe in every storm, there’s something God wants us to learn. There’s an exam He wants us to pass so that He can take us to the next level of growth and faith as Christians. So grab your bible and tag along as we dive into the word of God which is Spirit and life (John 6:63), truth (John 17:17) and the light (Proverbs 4:20-22).
In Mark 4:35-41, we see the disciples being with Jesus in a boat crossing to the other side of the lake and a storm caught up with them. Before we go any further, let’s pause a bit and hear the words that Jesus told them in verse 35, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” The phrase “Let’s” meant that He was going to cross the river with them in the same boat. Most times Jesus promises us His presence but we still find ourselves in fear, doubt and in panic. The other thing we notice is that they left the crowd behind. When God wants to cross with us to a different sphere of life, He takes us out far from the crowds so that the only place we can run to when the storm rages is to Him alone.
As the disciples were crossing the lake and the storm came up and their boat was being filled with water, Jesus was deep asleep at the back of the boat. This is the pose that Jesus often takes when we are in a storm and we wonder, “why should he be asleep instead of coming to help me? Doesn’t he care?”. Allow me to share with you some spiritual truths about this aspect of Jesus.
He was both God and man, sinless in nature. He experienced what a normal human being experiences but the difference is He knew His position and the power that was given to Him by God. That’s why He could sleep in the middle of the storm. In fact, the scriptures say He had His head laid on a cushion. We all can guess how deep asleep He was. Him being asleep didn’t mean He wasn’t aware of what was going on, He is God after all. It simply showed how much He believed in the One who sent Him and in the power given to Him as His son.
This is the kind of peace He desires us to have in the middle of a storm, resting because we know where we stand as sons and daughters of God and by the simple fact that He has assured us that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
As we continue to read the following verses, we see the disciples waking up Jesus shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are going to drown?”
When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence, be still!”. Three words were enough to make nature obey his voice. Then he turned to his disciples and said, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”. I can imagine the reaction on their faces. Being with Jesus in one boat in a storm but fear still took a grip on them. As weird as it may seem, that’s how we often behave when we are passing through a storm in life. Our faith fades away and our focus is shifted to the storm and fear finds a free way into our hearts and minds. We forget the assurance that God gives us through his son, that he will be with us unto the end of the age (Matthew 28:20) and we should be of good courage (Deuteronomy 31:6).
One last thing that I’ve learnt through my journey of salvation and I’d like to share it with you, is that God has a tendency of taking us back to an exam we failed. He’s the good teacher(Luke 18:18), and as we know a teacher gives exams to both good and bad students. He then sits and watches as the students do the exam. Sometimes he even walks out of the room and observes from a far. Sometimes we feel like God has left us but He is still there, waiting for us to learn the lesson. For those who will fail, they’ll have to repeat it otherwise they will have poor grades reflected on their report books. He does this to make sure whatever he purposed for us to learn at that time is learnt, obeyed and applied in our lives. Once that is done, he moves us to the next level of life, having now gained more courage and our faith being increased (James 1:2-4).
So don’t be afraid when life seems to be hard on you. Always remember that God is with you and his peace he has given unto you, not as the world gives but his peace that surpasses human understanding, which should guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus (John 14:27).
TO THE GLORY OF GOD.