Jesus woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still.” Then the wind ceased and there was dead calm. — Mark 4:39.
A long time ago, very far away, Suzy, a group of friends, and I were sailing in the Mediterranean. It was great trip but none of us were qualified sailors. Thus we had a captain, Villy, who enjoyed Gin and Tonics and had a girlfriend on every island. When we turned North at the end of our trip to return to Athens, Villy handed me the helm, made himself a G&T, and went into the hole to “check the charts.” The wind picked up and the waves were soon wreaking havoc. I don’t know who was more nervous, me or my travel companions, who kept asking, “Webb, are you sure you know what you’re doing?” I could have used Jesus on that trip to calm the waters and the wind.
Point was that he was, as he is always whether our lives are stormy or calm. All we need do is to remember he is the peace we need and has the ability to calm even the stormiest waters. On the first day of my sabbatical I was caught up in the worst of storms. I remembered though I wasn’t alone. Christ was there to say, “Peace! Be still,” and soon there was calm.
When the storms are raging in your life, remember to wake Jesus. He will always be there to say “Peace! Be still.”