Suddenly a strong wind blew up and the waves began to spill into the boat. v. 37a TEV
While answering a call on line 1, the secretary paged me to say I had a call on line 2. A moment later my cell phone rang. "Just a few minutes of peace would be nice," I muttered to myself.
The disciples most likely expected their little outing on the lake to be a pleasant escape from the demands of the crowds. But the desired peace turned into fear for their lives. As giant waves tossed the boat, flooding the deck, the distraught disciples pleaded for Jesus' help. But when he was actually able to help them they seemed a bit surprised. "Who is this man that even the wind and the waves obey Him?
Who is this Man? Scripture gives Him many names; Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, Messiah, Shepherd, to list a few. He shows caring compassion, love, mercy, forgiveness.
Who is this Man? With the disciples, I stand in awe of His greatness. A greatness that I will never, in a lifetime begin to grasp. But this much we know. In Mark 4 He makes it clear to us that He desires to bring peace into our tumultuous lives. And in Luke 2:14 the angels announced from the heavens that He comes to bring peace on earth.
God of the universe, Creator of all that exists, we stand in awe of your greatness. You and you alone can bring peace into our frazzled lives. Help us to remember to turn to you, the Prince of Peace, for that peace. Amen.