Beyond the Weekend

October 27 | The Storm

October 27, 2020


…the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Mark 4:37b-38

Read: Mark 4:35-41

Listen: Mark 4


Twenty-foot waves crash over the disciple’s boat as the storm rages. Bailing water like crazy, they are still sinking. Nothing in their experience as fishermen prepared them for this. And where is the man who led them here? In the stern—asleep! Why isn’t he helping? Doesn’t he even care?

But Jesus does care. Even though they come with fear and accusations, Jesus rebukes the storm and orders the waves to quiet down. Then he asks, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” The disciples forget the miracles they’ve seen in their panic. The raging storm becomes a crisis of faith.

Life gets hard, and the first thing we do is blame God. Doesn’t he care I lost my job, COVID has ruined my life, and my friends ridicule my political beliefs? Even when we come with accusations and doubt, God hears us and is willing to calm the storm surging in our hearts. It may seem like Jesus is sleeping, but he’s actually got it all under control!


When you feel like you’re drowning, Jesus wants you to come to him. With open hands and heart, thank him for knowing what you need and working in ways you can’t see. As the psalmist says,“ The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart trusts in him, and he helps me” (Psalm 28:7). Don’t forget to underline the places (like boat) today in the journal.

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