One day Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side of the lake.’ So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we’re going to drown!’ He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. ‘Where is your faith?’ he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, ‘Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.’ - Luke 8:22-25

I know you all have been in this situation before. Obviously you haven’t been on a boat about to sink with Jesus fast asleep in the corner recently, but let me explain what I mean.

How many things are you worried about right now?  The test you have next week? The relationship with your boyfriend/girlfriend that seems to be spinning out of control?  Your parents marriage that’s ending? The stress and the pain is real.  There are so many things that constantly demand emotional energy and can completely overwhelm you.  

This is what was literally happening to the disciples as they were in the boat.  Their circumstance was literally about to drown them.  I’m sure that’s how you feel with all of the things that just seem to add up in life.  But remember how Jesus was fast asleep during this storm?  The circumstance that was completely consuming the disciples wasn’t even enough to wake him up.

 When the circumstances in our lives threaten to overtake us, He knows that we will be okay because he is taking care of us.  It doesn’t phase him at all. He can see the much bigger picture.  He wants us to trust him because he is good. At the end of this passage the disciples are in awe of how much power Jesus has over the storm.  He has power over the storms in our lives.  This doesn’t mean that he will stop them with the simple declaration of his voice, but it does mean that he is walking through it with us.  He doesn’t leave us. He is with you in the storm. Trust him to walk through it with you, and that he knows the end.  He will be faithful to bring you through whatever storm life may bring.   

- Laura DeGroot