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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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