And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. A wind-storm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves, but he was asleep. And they went and woke him up, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!" and he said to them, "Why are you afraid, you of little faith?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. They were amazed, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?" Matthew 8:23-27 (NRSV)
When Adrienne Rayfield, from South Carolina, was 10 years old, she went on her first plane ride and fell asleep during the flight. To her surprise the landing was a bit rocky. She awoke in a panic and grabbed her father's arm, feeling sure that they were going to die. He took her hand and said, ":It's okay. We made it." Adrienne breathed a sigh of relief, marveled at her first view of the city, and anticipated the adventure ahead.
When she remember this experience, she wonders if that is how the disciples felt in today's reading. The seas were rough, and Jesus was asleep. When they woke Jesus, he stilled their fears - much like Adrienne's father did for her in that plane - and then calmed the storm. The disciples were in awe at what Jesus had done.
At times we may feel like everything around us is in disarray. We may be confused, disappointed, or discouraged. Even when we feel like we are on the brink of perishing, we can find comfort when we remember that Jesus is with us and will see us through the storm. When life feels turbulent, we do not need to fear. We can call on Jesus, who can calm what ever seems unsteady.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to hold on to you when life gets shaky. Remind us to call on you during the storm, in Jesus' name, amen.