Who is in your boat?
Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” (Luk 8:22-25)
I really enjoy it when I am reading along and out of nowhere comes this thought that makes you see things differently. In this passage, I saw something that I don’t think I had seen before which I will share in a moment. However, the one thing that we should all see here is that Jesus was asleep in the middle of a storm. The text says they were in jeopardy so I know if must have been serious. However, what allowed Jesus to be asleep at a time like that? The same thing that allows me to sleep while my wife, who is an excellent driver, drives along. Faith! Trust that everything will be all right.
Of course, Jesus was very important to God’s plan and so with even more confidence He was able to sleep because He knew and trusted the Words of Scripture.
Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Jesus knew He was safe from the harm caused by the winds and the waves, so his sleep whether from exhaustion or just a normal time to sleep was easily done because there was faith/trust in God.
The second thing though is this question: Who was in the boat? Well, Jesus was in the boat and so the boat was safe even in the midst of the storm. Now ask: Who is in YOUR boat? As you travel through this life, is Jesus in your boat? If he is, you also ought to be able to curl up and go to sleep, knowing that the Lord has plans for you. While the vast majority of the times, those plans will include your continued life in this world, even if they do not, you will be ok.
We worry to often about things that we cannot control. However, the God of the universe is in control and if we will simply trust Him (Trust implies action), then those things that threaten us will not have the affect in our lifes that they will in the lives of those who do not trust Him.