“Who Is This Man Who Commands the Winds?”
A short rebuke is spoken and for a dozen men, the world changes. Their world is a rowboat. Their immediate universe is the Sea of Galilee; a storm is
at its peak. Most of these men are seasoned fishermen and the severity of the storm is so fierce, they are afraid of drowning. The boat pitching and
rolling with the waves. Their backs bending against the oars and rowed with all their might without success, to reach the shore.
All the while Jesus is sound asleep. In desperation they wake Him up and shout above the howling wind, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!!” As
Matthew tells us in his Gospel, Jesus rebukes them for their lack of faith and commands the storm to stop. And it stops. Their world is immediately
transformed from chaos to order. And they wonder: “Who is this Man who commands the winds?”
When tempests rage against our minds; when winds push against our faces, where do we hide? Who do we call? Terrified, the disciples called out to Jesus.
Our lives are much like that small fisherman’s boat on the sea, tossing about. Calm for a while,
then…tumultuous. Today, God teaches us to trust Him. He gives us Jesus.
So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
Matthew 8: 27
When tempests rage against our minds; when winds push against our hopes, where do we hide? Who do we call? Our lives are much like that small
fisherman’s boat on the sea, tossed about. Calm for a while, then, tumultuous. Today, God teaches us to trust Him. He gives us Jesus. Master! Savior!
Grant us your Holy Spirit. Calm the storms, within.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.