Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
Matthew 8 : 23 – 25
Last week should have been spent at sea on our annual sailing charter on Scotland’s west coast, around the areas of Skye and Mull. It’s disappointing to miss out on visiting some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery, amazing wildlife, the time with friends, and the lovely welcome from people you meet along the way. However, the Scottish ‘summer’ threw up quite a storm at the beginning of the week – meaning we would have probably been stormbound somewhere in the Sound of Mull and seeking refuge in a local hostilery…
Anyone familiar with the waters around the Hebrides will know that that conditions can change very suddenly due to weather and tidal conditions. The same is said to be the case for the Sea of Galilee – only that the fishermen of the day wouldn’t have the luxury of the regular shipping forecast, or a heated cabin to keep dry and warm.
One of the most effective ways to cope with seasickness is to lie down and, if possible, sleep. I doubt that this is what was in Jesus’s mind, but isn’t it so relatable that he was dosing whilst there were waves crashing the boat from side-to-side?!
The disciples were all too aware of the risks of these unpredictable waters, but their cries to Jesus show they knew where they could find safety and safe harbour.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we know that you are there to help us through the storms of life. Help us to continue to seek your comfort and shelter when the world around us seems sometimes to be choppy and unpredictable.
Action: Think of an anxious moment in your life. How did your Faith help you through it?