Photo and Commentary ©2022 by Darren Milam
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Whether we are talking about literal storms (ones with fierce winds and torrential downpours) or the figurative “storms” of life (turmoil, conflict, challenges), either way, we long for our Creator to get us through safely. Most of us know the story of Jesus and His disciples caught in a storm while traveling on their fishing boat. The waves and winds began to pick up violently, while Jesus was fast asleep at the back of the boat. The disciples panicked and didn’t know what to do. So they woke Jesus up. Here’s how the story continues. Mark 4:39-41 (NIV)

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith? ”They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Of course there are multiple amazing aspects to this story. One I find interesting is that during the days (and hours) leading up to this event, the disciples were still getting to know Jesus and still grasping the magnitude of His powers. He had recently conducted a few miracles – calling out evil spirits, healing of a paralyzed man — and while disciples were witness to all of these things, they were still trying to fathom all they were seeing. Now, when they find themselves on a boat, in a storm, they still seem to be lost. Jesus even calls it out – “Do you still have no faith?”

You have to feel for these guys – they are traveling around with the Son of God, having front-row seats to miracles, and hearing teachings that only the chosen King should know. With all that, they still don’t see the big picture. I feel we can learn from the disciples’ experience, and their reactions. We have the benefit of history and the recorded stories that we can use to make different choices. We can use this information and when faced with a challenge, or an impending storm, we can have the confidence and faith that our God will bring us through the other side.

This image – not during a storm – was captured on Whidbey Island, specifically looking out into Saratoga Passage and Camano Island (to the right).

Regarding the southeast part of the United States, our thoughts and prayers are with those facing the imminent storm approaching/hitting Florida. May God bring you safely through.