Winds and Waves
Fleta R. Robinson
Have you ever been swamped by "wind and waves"? Who hasn’t!? Jesus had been teaching from a boat, using parables – word pictures – to aid understanding. On the evening of that day He said to them. "Let us cross over to the other side of the lake."
"So they sent the crowd home and took Him with them in the little boat in which He had been sitting, accompanied by other small craft. Then came a violent squall of wind which drove the waves aboard the boat until it almost swamped. Jesus was in the stern asleep on a cushion. They awoke Him with the words,
"‘Master, don’t you care that we’re drowning?’ And He woke up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Hush now! Be still!’ The wind dropped and everything was very still. ‘Why are you so frightened? What has happened to your faith?’ He asked them. (Some answers are questions.)
"But sheer awe swept over them, and they kept saying to each other, ‘Who ever can He be? – even the wind and the waves do what He tells them!’" Mark 4:35-44 Phillips
Colossians, chapter one explains the identification of Jesus, the Christ, but the ones in that little boat didn’t have the privilege we have, of finding chapter and verse to answer their questions. (But they did know the Man, Jesus Christ!)
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible . . . all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; . . . For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him . . ."Colossians 1:15-19
The invisible wind and the visible waves seemed to recognize Who was in charge – Christ, the creator. Jesus’ comment (recorded in John 10:30): "I and the Father are One," demonstrated the power behind "Hush now! Be still!" "Peace, be still." And, oh, how those in the surrounding boats benefited too!
Are there occasions when we unconsciously cling to the "wind and the waves," feeling, "poor me"? If so, consider His incredible personal love and care! His response to His companions: "Why are you frightened? What has happened to your faith?" cause one to think. They fit countless situations in today’s life, as well as when Jesus the Christ was feeding the 5,000+ from a single child’s lunch, comforting those in a bereaved home by bringing Lazarus back to life, sleeping in a small boat in a storm, dying on a cross for the sins of the world. Christ went through SO MUCH so that we can personally know Him, "Whom to know aright is life eternal."Recently in a public place I overheard an employee’s comment to a co-worker, "Yesterday was a rough day, a bad day. So I went down to [a local bar] and drank that whole pitcher of beer." She chose a very inadequate way to handle the wind and the waves in her life. We’ve all handled troubles foolishly at some time or another, but how near and dear Jesus is to forgive our wrong responses when we ask Him to, and "remember them no more."
"Peace, be still!"