Matthew 8:25 says this, “And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, ‘Save us, Lord; we are perishing!'”
Were they? Was it that bad? Jesus was asleep in the midst of this and these guys are panicking and saying that it’s over. Who was right?
At least a few of the disciples were experienced fishermen who had encountered storms before. And yet, in this situation, they are alarmed at the waves pouring into the boat. This is not simply an instance of irrational fear; there is real danger that the boat will sink, and the passengers will drown. Finally, the disciples wake Jesus up and cry out to Him, fearing for their lives.
In Mark’s telling of the story (Mark 4:35–41), the disciples wake Jesus with an accusation, “Do you care that we’re dying?” It is likely that different disciples said different things. What’s universal is that they were sure the end was near, and they did not understand how Jesus could sleep through it. They wanted Him to wake up and save them before it was too late.
So. Jesus is waking up to this scene. The waves are rocking, the storm’s a brewing, the disciples are just flat out panicked and thinking that the end was here. Yet…Jesus was sleeping…
How often do we take things to a level that they need not be taken to? How often do you pray to God, “Save me”, and yet…you don’t really need saving.
I think the lesson learned here is that God is ALWAYS in control. No matter how bleak and hopeless things look, He is still in control. So the panicked reactions, the crazed responses of things being out of control….maybe those types of reactions need to be dialed back a bit and our response needs to be more about God. About His being in control of it all. About His hand of guidance on it all.
Just a thought.