That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (Mark 4:35–41 , NIV)
It’s interesting that the power of Jesus to calm was what prompted his disciples to be frightened. We do not know what to make of amazing power, do we?
In what ways do we try to control the fears we face on a day-to-day basis? How do storms, literal storms, challenge our assumption that we can control things?
Why do you think Jesus was able to sleep during this storm? What causes you to have peace during the storms of your life?
What is the best response we can give to Jesus for his power to calm storms? How does this response compare or contrast to the response of the disciples?