Facing the Storms

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

     - Luke 8:22-25

We're going to be reflecting on some of the themes of this story this week. Today, think about what it was like for the disciples to find Jesus sleeping as their boat was sinking. They have to wake him up in order to get his attention. Do you ever feel like that? Your life is in a hard spot at it seems like Jesus is sleeping on the job!

It's going to be hard to understand this passage unless we understand the fear, the disappointment, and the hopelessness of the disciples. The reason that's so important is because it's so very similar to us. So often it feels like Jesus is not paying us the attention that we want or need. Can you get in touch with that experience today?

So think about your life - where are the storms and are you willing to name your disappointment with how God is currently handling the situation? That's step one. Spend some time on that today, and talk to Jesus about what comes up for you.