9th September 2020
‘The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”’
Luke 8:24-25 (NIV)
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
Luke 6:45 (NIV)
I’m not sure about you, but when I am woken up from a day nap, I am often cranky and can be a bit disorientated. This is also true of my 1 year old son, Elijah. Sometimes when he wakes from his day naps, he looks more like the Hulk than my little sweet baby lamb. I remember a time that Jye and I were travelling overseas on a plane and it took me a long time to fall asleep. Finally asleep, I awoke to feeling something touching my foot. Turns out, Jye had tried to save me some ice cream that came around by putting it on the floor. It ended up all over the carpet and Jye was trying his best to clean it up in very limited space. I was cranky and not even slightly appreciative of his efforts to save me ice cream. I just wanted my sleep! The infamous story of Jesus calming the storm has lots of key lessons we can learn. However, one aspect I’ve been thinking about is how he responded when he was woken up. Jesus was tired from his ministry and boarded the boat with his disciples for serenity and space. The storm raged, Jesus slept and the disciples freaked out. They woke Jesus up, yelling in his face, wondering if He was going to do anything to save their lives, yet Jesus’ response was inspiring. It seems he wasn’t the cranky Hulk that I’d be, but rather the first thing that he confessed as he awoke was faith, by rebuking the storm and encouraging the disciples. When the storms of life take us by surprise, when we’re tired and worn out from the demands of work, parenting, relationships, and financial stress, what is the first thing that we say? What is the first thing that comes out of our mouth? Is it faith? Or are the waves of emotion and doubt drowning out our faith? Jesus taught his disciples that the heart can be a storeroom for good or bad and that this storeroom overflows into our speech. It is often when we’re tired and pressed that it can be hard to have the energy to control our speech and it is just so easy to speak negatively, especially when things aren’t going our way. Jesus was so full of faith and trust in God that it overflowed, even when he was being pressed and in the middle of the storm. Today, no matter what situation we’ve awoken to, may we speak first with faith.