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Suddenly, a flash of lightning cut through the darkness, and to their astonishment, there was Jesus, still sleeping, undisturbed by the storm.  “Master, they cried, “don’t You care that we’re all going to drown?”  This time Jesus heard them and opened His eyes.  In the glare of the lightning, they saw peace on His face and love for them in His eyes.  

They shouted again, “Lord, save us!!  We are going to die!!”  

No one has ever cried out those words without being heard.  While the disciples grabbed their oars for one last attempt to pull the boat out of the storm, Jesus rose to His feet.  As the wind and waves tore at His robes, Jesus lifted His hands.  

“Quiet!!”  He said to the wind.  “Be still!!”  He said to the waves.

Instantly, the wind stopped, the waves sank, and the clouds dissipated.  The boat bobbed on quiet waters under a sky full of stars.  As the disciples stared, Jesus asked.  “Why were you afraid?  Don’t you have faith?”  The disciples were speechless.  But the storm had brought the other boats near, and everyone witnessed the miracle.  On those boats, people whispered, “What kind of man is this?  Even the wind and the waves obey Him!!”  

When Jesus woke up to the fierce storm, He was not afraid.  It was not because of His own power over nature ~ He had given up that power to come to earth.  It was because He trusted His Father.  Jesus had faith in His Father’s love and it was His Father’s power that quieted the storm.  The disciples could have had the same trust and the same peace in the face of the storm.  But they forgot about Jesus and tried to handle the storm on their own.  Only when they cried out to Him could He help.  

Often we do the same thing when we face the storms of life.  We try to handle our battles alone, in our own strength.  Because of the evil of sin, our human heart is filled with passions that we cannot control.  We are helpless here, just as the disciples were out on the Sea of Galilee.  But no matter the evil of sin in this world.  Those who cry out, “Lord, save me!!”  will be rescued.  

His infinite grace will give us peace; His everlasting love will give us hope.

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It was the end of a long day of teaching and healing by the Sea of Galilee.  Evening had come, but still the crowds did not want to leave.  Jesus was exhausted.  After dismissing the people, He asked His disciples to take Him to a quiet, hidden place on the other side of the lake.  Quickly they pushed their boats away from the shore and headed out.  Already people were filling other boats to follow them.  

As soon as the boat sailed, Jesus lay down in the back of the boat and fell asleep.  What began as a calm, pleasant evening quickly turned into a stormy night.  The wind suddenly began to howl, driving the little boat into wild waves that grew larger and stronger by the minute.  The other boats that had followed were caught in the same storm.  

The disciples were experienced fishermen.  They had guided their boats through many rough storms.  But all their strength and experience made no difference in the face of this angry storm.  Their boat seemed about to sink and they were helpless to stop it.  Working so hard to save the boat and their own lives, the disciples forgot that Jesus was on board.  

Now, certain that they were going to die, they remembered.  Jesus was their only hope.  “Master, Master,” they shouted from where they held on for dear life.  But the wind drowned out their voices and there was no response.  Now their doubts and fears got stronger.  Was Jesus unable to help them?  Did He not care enough to bother saving them?  Again they called out to Him, but the only answer was the shrieking wind.  With no hope, they stared into the black water that would soon be their grave.

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