Escaping the crowds, Jesus and His disciples got in a boat and started for the other side of the lake. Jesus fell asleep in the stern of the boat. He was still sleeping when a “furious squall came up” (Mark 4:37).
As the waves were swamping the craft, the disciples woke Jesus, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4:38) Jesus responded with an unexpected action to show the disciples the depth of His care: He stopped the storm. Yet, the calming of the storm did not calm the disciples. They stared wide-eyed at Jesus and then at the calm waters. Maybe they had expected Him to start baling water out of the boat. But Jesus spoke, and the storm stopped. Now their fear of the storm was replaced by a fear of Jesus.
We are not so unlike the disciples; we too often wonder how deeply Christ cares for us. In this case, Jesus performed a miracle to make His concern for the disciples tangible. Other times, He uses the intangible avenue of faith to reveal His concern. Faith means letting Jesus be Jesus and God be God and accepting whatever the Triune God does to show us His deep concern for us. His ways may seem terrifying, but contained within our fear is the element of awe.
When God cares for us He reveals Himself in a new way, and we are allowed to glimpse more of His character. At first we are terrified of this unexpected discovery. Still, the more God reveals who He is, the more we grow in awe of Him and recognize His care for us.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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