As evening fell, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's cross to the other side of the lake." So they took him just as he was and started out, leaving the crowds behind (though other boats followed). But soon a terrible storm arose. High waves began to break into the boat until it was nearly full of water and about to sink. Jesus was asleep at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. Frantically they wakened him, shouting, "Teacher, don't you even care that we are all about to drown?"
Then he rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Quiet down!" And the wind fell, and there was a great calm!
And he asked them, "Why were you so fearful? Don't you even yet have confidence in me?"
And they were filled with awe and said among themselves, "Who is this man, that even the winds and seas obey him?"
Mark 4: 35-41 (TLB)
Chiazo Obiudu is from Ebonyi State in Nigeria. He recently watched his little boy as he tried unsuccessfully to get the wheel of his homemade toy to work. He got so frustrated that he gave up, tossed it aside, and burst into tears.
His outburst reminded Chiazo of his own frustrating battles. Things didn't seem to be working for him either. From relationship challenges to issues related to being between jobs, his plate was full. He was tempted to toss everything aside like his son did and give up in frustration.
Yet through all the noise in his head and the storms around him, one word remained distinct: relax. A still, small voice kept whispering to him, "Relax." But being a restless person, Chiazo desperately wanted to do something to fix the situation. He tried various approaches, all to no avail.
So he finally decided to turn to the One who calmed the storm. He decided to obey his word and listen to his wise counsel. Chiazo knows that with Christ in his ship, he can safely reach the other shore. He has not arrived yet; but although the storms still rage, he knows with Christ he need not fret.
Prayer: Christ Jesus, be with us in our storms. Help us to trust in your will and your ways, in Jesus' name. Amen.