The Storm Tamer
I was raised on a lake—Schroon Lake. It’s nestled high in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, and my dad loved to take me out sailing. When I was eighteen I worked at Word of Life Island. At that point the lake is more than a mile wide and thunderstorms love to snake up from the south. I remember one afternoon when my dad and I were out sailing, he completely misjudged the strike of the storm. A gust caught our main sail and whipped us sideways to the white caps. The lightning strikes electrified the water, and we were still a half-mile from shore.
Now Schroon Lake wasn’t Galilee where The Jerusalem Post reported in March of 1992 that ten foot waves crashed over the retaining walls into downtown Tiberius when a vicious storm hit, but I knew firsthand what it was like to be terrified in a storm. In the first century Jesus and His disciples got caught in a squall Rembrandt pictured in one of his paintings.
Luke described the incident like this:
“Now it happened on one of the days that Jesus climbed into a boat and His disciples climbed aboard as well. He said, ‘Let’s go to the other side of the lake.’ So they shoved off. While they were sailing, He fell asleep. A squall hit hard with intense wind. The boat started filling with water. Thinking their lives were in danger, they went to Jesus and woke Him up. ‘Master, Master, we’re perishing.’ Fully awake, Jesus rebuked the wind and the rough water. They quieted and became calm. Then He said to His disciples, ‘Where is your faith?’ Filled with fear and wonder, they said to one another, ‘Who is this then that He commands even the wind and the water, and they listen to Him?’”
Luke wants me to get the point. Jesus was the Word—the same voice of God that in Genesis 1 dealt with the chaos of the darkness and the restless waters covering an uninhabitable world. This event on the Sea of Galilee Luke shares is obviously only a small act for the One who created the Sea.
LORD Jesus, I worship You today as my Creator and Master. Help me to trust that when You say we’re going to the other side, no matter what storms arise in between, we’ll make it to the other side.
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