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 put out, and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A windstorm swept down on the lake, and the boat was filling with water, and they were in danger. They went to him and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were afraid and amazed, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?”
Food For Thought:
In order to understand this story, we have to understand that sleep in this story means that they were spiritually unawake. Countless times throughout the Gospel accounts, Jesus has to scold the disciples for being afraid and doubting his power. We all have doubts at some point in our faith journeys. Doubting helps us to hone a deeper faith, but how we use these doubts is important. If we allow doubt and fear to take over our lives, we aren’t really living the life that God intended for us. When have you doubted God? How did you get past these doubts? Do you believe that it is okay to doubt God?
God our refuge and hope, when race, status, or gender divide us, when despondency and despair haunt and afflict us, when community lies shattered: comfort and convict us with the stillness of your presence, that we may confess all you have done, through Christ to whom we belong and in whom we are one. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.