S (Scripture): Mark 4:35 On that day, when evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.” 36 So after leaving the crowd, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat, and other boats were with him. 37 Now a great windstorm developed and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was nearly swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. They woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are about to die?” 39 So he got up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Be quiet! Calm down!” Then the wind stopped, and it was dead calm. 40 And he said to them, “Why are you cowardly? Do you still not have faith?” 41 They were overwhelmed by fear and said to one another, “Who then is this? Even the wind and sea obey him!”
O (Observation): So the disciples were still getting to know the full extent of Jesus’ dominion. They haven’t seen him do a whole lot yet, so they are still a bit skeptical at this point.
They’re in the boat and a storm arises and threatens to drown them all. And there’s Jesus…asleep. Doesn’t he care?!?! Yes, he cares. The question is: Does Jesus have anything to worry about? Nope!
Jesus calms the storm, increasing the understanding of the disciples that Jesus can command even the forces of nature to obey him.
Jesus’ dominion is grander than they have realized.
A (Application): Is Jesus able to help us through miscarriages? Through divorce? Through loss of life? Through friends leaving? Absolutely!
Jesus, through communion with God and the Holy Spirit, takes up our suffering and binds us into a holy relationship that can and does offer healing in the midst of the storms of life. I can’t explain it, but I think this is part of what it means to experience the resurrection NOW. Today!
We are joined to Jesus in the waters of baptism. That means we can experience, in part, Jesus’ resurrection, today.
When you’re in the midst of the storm, know that Jesus is on the boat with you. Look to him. If you can, trust him. If you don’t think you can trust him, give him a chance. Things may or may not work out the way WE want them to work out, but then, we’re not the ones in charge…
P (Prayer): Lord, calm the storms, but also, calm our nerves. Help us to know that you’ve been busy saving us and all of creation for quite some time : ) Remind us that this is your dominion. Amen.