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The Perfect Storm
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The day had been clear, and the sea calm. Jesus had spent a busy day by the Sea of Galilee, teaching the crowds of people. He had spoken many of His parables explaining the kingdom of God. Jesus had worked many miracles healing the sick. All this activity hadn't allowed Him and his disciples time to eat and rest. So Jesus told His disciples to get into their boat and go to the other side of the lake. It wasn't as inhabited over there, and they would have some time to take a break and relax.

Since Jesus was so exhausted, He went to sleep almost as soon as He lay down in the back of the boat. While He slept, the disciples talked about what they would do during their time off. None of them suspected that disaster would soon threaten. All signs pointed to smooth sailing. But when it got dark, the weather changed drastically. A fierce storm swept in, and their boat was swamped.

The disciples had been in a lot of storms, but never anything like this. They tried everything to save themselves and the ship. Nothing helped. It would take a miracle to save them. They had been so busy in their efforts, they had forgotten all about Jesus. As the lightning flashed, they saw Him lying there asleep. They shook Him and cried out, "Teacher, don't You care that we're about to drown?" (Mark 4:38).


Jesus awoke and calmly asked, "Why are you so afraid? You surely don't have much faith" (Matthew 8:26). Then Jesus got up and ordered the storm to stop. It did, and the wind and the waves got calm. The disciples were amazed. They exclaimed, "What kind of man is this, that even the wind and waves do what He says?" (Verse 27).

Aren't we all sometimes like those disciples? When we're all jerked around with life's storms, we often forget all about Jesus, and try to save ourselves. We try to do things in our own strength, until we're worn out, and all our hope is gone. Then, when we finally do think about Jesus, we often wonder if He really cares what happens to us. But when we do cry out to Jesus, He will always hear us and come to our rescue.

Remember, friend, Jesus is the only One Who can give you peace, and calm the storms in your life. When you have Jesus on board, there's no reason ever to be afraid. Why not always make Jesus the captain of your ship? He will bring you safely into port.

The Bible says, "He made the storm stop and the sea be quiet. You were happy because of this, and He brought you to the port where you wanted to go" (Psalm 107:29, 30).

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