Where is your faith?

One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”

Years ago my wife and I were passengers on a cruise ship when she began to sense numbness take hold of her legs. Within a day she was paralyzed from the waste down. I was beside my self with fear and anxiety as it would be a few days before we reached shore in Key West. In the midst of this stormy trial the Holy Spirit ministered to me and brought a sense of peace to my heart. It taught me that, in the darkest of places, He is there when we call out to him.

I love how, in this story, Jesus was unaffected by the raging waves and the winds that were rocking the boat. And when his friends woke him up he simply rebuked the storm and all was quiet again. It reminds me how faith is so needed when we are going through the stormy trials of our lives. Interesting how the disciples' fear turned from the storm to the one who had power over the storm. Perhaps our fear of the storm might reflect our need to trust the power of God?

I bow to you Lord. You have power over my trials. I will trust you in the storm.

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