Mark 4:37-38 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
I can remember one night looking at the sleeping forms of my children. They were so peaceful as the storm that we were experiencing was raging unabated in our lives. I was the one unable to close my eyes to the possibility of drowning in bills that needed paying and very little money to pay them.
My children trusted me to provide all that they needed to be healthy, physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially. They could sleep through the storm, because they believed in my ability as a parent to keep the ship of our lives upright. Part of my insomnia was the fear of letting them down and watching them start to worry, or worse, see their disapproval when the ship started to falter in the shoals.
Like the disciples in the reading today, I forgot that the Son of God, Jesus Christ the Lord, was the Author and Finisher of my faith. The disciples wondered how Jesus could sleep when they were on the verge of drowning in a fierce storm. But, Jesus slept because He knew that the Father who sent Him to die for the sins of the world had all power over the wind and the rain and the waters.
When I finally stopped trying to steer us through the storms of life alone, but to pray to the Father in heaven and to trust in the promises He’d made to His children in the Word of God, I started to sleep better. In Matthew 6:31-33, it states, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Storms still come, in our relationships in the family, workplace, and even in our places of worship. Yet, as the world deals with the storm that is coronavirus, I can answer the question that the disciples asked of Jesus that night regarding his concern for their safety and health with a resounding, “Yes, He cares, my brothers in Christ, but He and the One who sent Him are one, and they have the power to quiet the storms in our lives, so if He is asleep, then you can go to sleep, too.” Let us rest in the peacefulness of knowing that He will and can take care of us in our storms.