One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they put out, and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A windstorm swept down on the lake, and the boat was filling with water, and they were in danger. They went to him and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were afraid and amazed, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?”
~ Luke 8:22 - 25
Just recently I was at a store and a woman was trying to carry several items and open the door. As I was approaching to open the door and offer help, a young man came up beside her. Obviously was a grandson, because she boldly asked him, "Where is your manners? Take this package and open the door for me. Can't you see I'm having trouble here?"
Sometimes I have to wonder about the relationship that Jesus had with the Disciples. First of all, I am aware that there were a few fishermen on this boat. I start to question their abilities, and seeing their reaction to the wind and water, I really start to question their experience.
Jesus seems to be exhausted, and for good reason. Being with this group, like the grandmother and her grandson at the store, can be full of challenges.
They wake Jesus up from his nap, and they explain what's going on. It doesn't take Jesus long to calm the winds and the boat is once again safe. Jesus asks, "Where is your faith?"
It's a great question. I have to believe that in one way or another each of us have been asked this very thing. Let's face it, our faith is always growing in one way or another. Defining it's existence is a daily opportunity, because each day provides ways in which we can demonstrate and share that faith.
The storms that we experience should be where our faith holds firm, but when we struggle, we should be ready to hear Jesus asking, "Where is your faith?"
Remain faithful and Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Lord, before the storm arises, let me remember that You are with me always. When I am faced with uncertain waters, and the wind surrounds me, may I look to You and proclaim because of my faith in You, I shall not fear! Amen.
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.