Thursday, March 9, 2023

Ventus et Mare | Wind and Sea

“...Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” — Mark 4:41 (WEB) 

The disciples took Jesus in their boat to the other side after he taught the crowd, behind, many things. Everything was fine, then came a great storm of wind. The waves beat into the boat so much that the boat was already filling (v.37). It was not resolved by these experienced fishermen. They would perish soon. Panic and looking for Jesus, they were shocked that he was sleeping. They questioned his awareness over the situation, even his care for them (v.38). “Teacher, don’t you care that we are dying?”

Isn’t it familiar to us? We are happy Christians, blessed, involved in many Church events and life seems so beautiful. We are able to handle little storms here and there around our lives with our faith. But when a great sudden storm comes, when it threatens our lives or our beloved ones’, we start to lose hope.

There were moments when my boat was filling, and it was difficult to see a rescue. I wondered whether Jesus was aware of my critical situation. Later, he revealed his plan, moments after moments that showed a bigger meaningful picture.  “We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. They are the people he called, because that was his plan.” (Romans 8:28, NCV). Oh, how he is so many steps ahead than my thoughts.

Verse 3 shows Jesus questioned them back, “Why are you so afraid? How is it that you have no faith?” The problem with the disciples and us, his followers, is we are weak. We need to be strengthened over and over. When your boat is filling, the waves are rising and it seems like he’s asleep, have faith. Have faith, you've got Jesus in your boat. Everything's under control. Because our Lord is the Lord over any hopelessness, as even the wind and the sea obey Him (v.41)! 

Reflection on Mark 4:35‐41 by Desire Litaay 
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