Matt. 8:23-27: Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.

This is not meant to take anything away from the miracle itself.  Jesus calming the storm was an amazing act; something only God could pull off.  And so certainly, part of the point of Jesus doing that was so that the disciples would have yet another glimpse into who they were dealing with.  More and more they were beginning to understand that this Jesus wasn’t just an average carpenter or preacher.  The storm wasn’t the only thing that Jesus calmed that day.  And perhaps as great a miracle is what went on inside of the disciples.  Jesus calmed them. 

The wind and the waves were not the only unrest happening out on the lake.  Inside the boat, there was a lot of anxiety, panic, uncertainty, anger, helplessness.  This, while Jesus was sleeping.  With a word, Jesus took care of the external elements.  The waves died down, the wind stilled.  As for the disciples, they were amazed.  “Who is this?  Even the winds and the waves obey Him.”  In an instant, the disciples’ state was transformed from panic to peace, from anxiety to amazement, from helplessness to hope.  That’s what Jesus does…whether the storms go away immediately or not.

To be sure, the physical calming of the storm was key to the transformation of the disciples, but it was accomplished by Jesus with a word.  That Word of Jesus is available to us all the time.  Sometimes the storms don’t dissipate immediately.  But the Word is still present.  “Yeah though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no ill, for thou art with me.”  “I will be with you always until the end of the age.”  Those are Words that calm storms today; the storms inside of us.  As the world continues in its chaos, the Words of our Lord don’t necessarily cause all the external wind and waves to dissipate immediately, but inside of us, the Word has exactly that effect.

Lord Jesus, may we be attentive to your Word, especially in the midst of all the storms.  Amen.

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