I don’t know about you, but today’s gospel reading makes me feel that despite my weaknesses, I’m not hopelessly flawed. Even the disciples who knew and walked with Jesus had their moments of doubt.
As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea,
so that the boat was being swamped by waves;
but he was asleep.
They came and woke him, saying,
“Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
and there was great calm.
The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this,
whom even the winds and the sea obey?”
For me the best part of this passage is that while his disciples were fearing for their lives and in a panic, Jesus was asleep. How could he sleep through such an tumultuous occurrence? He slept because he trusted that his Father would not let his mission go unfulfilled. Where there is total trust there is no place for fear.
Can we live this way? It’s hard to do. We are constantly buffeted by the waves in our lives, whether in our relationships, economic struggles or personal demons. Like Jesus, we must place all of our trust in our Heavenly Father, who loves and protects us.
Father, today let me trust completely in your loving care.