For most of my life, rain had a different meaning to it than it does for me now that I live in the Northwest. Rain was something we didn’t see very often. Growing up the country it was something we needed to sustain crops for ourselves and the many other folks around us. In fact, it was often at the top of the prayer list on Sunday’s, and occasionally we would have a “rain rally” special prayer session at church. A few years ago I went back for a visit, and it rained 3 inches in just under an hour, the streets were flooded, cars were stalling and people were panicking. When I tell my friends back there that I live in Seattle, most of them look at me with a sad face, because when a Texan thinks rain, that’s what we think about, a downpour, a storm. It hasn’t rained here in some 30 days, and we are breaking records. Even when the rains do come, we don’t really have storms in the Northwest.
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. (Mark 4:36)
Did you see that? At the beginning of the story Jesus said, “Let’s go across to the other side.”
Jesus flat out told these guys that they were going to the other side. Yet moments after he told them, essentially, that he was going to take care of them, they are yelling, “DON’T YOU CARE!” In the midst of the storm and the fear they forgot Jesus first words to them, “Let’s go to the other side”, he has already promised that he will take them there. He doesn’t promise that there will be no storms, he promises that they will make it through. But, their panic and fear had short-circuited their brains.
And it only makes good sense to use cautionary concern. But it is fear that makes us cry out, “Lord, don’t you care?” as did the disciples.And so Jesus awoke, saw their fear and immediately took care of the situation that was causing their fear. He calmed the wind and the sea with His word: “BE STILL.”
Prayer: Lord, in the storms of my life today help me to remember that you have said you will take me to the other side too. Amen