Sunday, June 25, 2006

Our Test of Water

They woke him and said to him,"Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Quiet! Be still!" The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, "Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?" Mark 4:38-40

Good question Jesus asked the apostles in the boat. Just as he asks us the same question, "Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?"

We are not in a boat filling up with water, but we live in a life that is filling us up with other stuff. When things go wrong, we too cry out, do you not care that we are perishing. I've heard many say this, is Jesus sleeping? Is that why our lives are in turmoil. It is then we should recall this reading, but not many know this reading, either.

I always seem to think that Jesus is with the apostles, but not sleeping but watching them from lowered lids. And in his divine way allowed the storm to happen in order to test them. To see how strong or weak their faith is.

When we go through our own tumultuous storms and let faith guide us, we can actually say the storm quieted and became still. It subsided faster than it would have without any faith. When we think back on those times in our lives, the ones that we handed over to God and the one's we stubbornly clung to, we soon see the difference.

If our boat tends to fill up with water and we think we are about to sink just have faith in Jesus, because he is not sleeping but watching from lowered lids, taking care of us even then.

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