Jesus Calms the Storm – Mark 4:35-41
35 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!”
Growing up in the church, this Bible story is one that I have heard/read many times. The first time I heard it, I remember being astonished that Jesus calmed the storm simply by speaking. After many years of hearing the same story, it became less and less astonishing; I’d heard it so many times before.
A few weeks ago, during Read Around The Block, the little girl I was reading with picked out the “Jesus Story Bible” for her one-on-one reading time. We sat down and she began flipping through the pages, hurriedly finding the story she wanted to read, landing on this very story – Jesus calming the storm. This story brought her so much joy and so much faith! She laughed out loud when she read about Jesus sleeping amidst the panic of his friends on the boat, trying to brave the storm. Her eyes widened when He told the storm to be still – and her eyes grew even wider when the storm obeyed Him.
She had never read this story before, and I was watching her experiencing it for the first time! It felt almost like it was my first time hearing this story all over again, seeing how it absolutely captivated her. We immediately started recounting the craziest storms we’d seen in our lives and imagined Jesus standing with us and telling the storm to be quiet. We talked about how sometimes a storm in life doesn’t just mean thunder and lightning, but big problems and scary situations. How powerful and mighty is our God that He can calm our storms with His words alone?
My faith was rejuvenated by my young friend’s amazement at God’s power. Seeing and hearing stories of Jesus’ feats takes on a whole new meaning when you experience a child hearing it for the first time. I am learning more about Jesus, not because these stories are new to me, but because I am watching Him envelope the hearts of these kids. I feel so blessed that God has brought teachable hearts to Hope House so we may have the opportunity to watch them be enraptured by His love and His power!
-Danielle Clark, PR Staff at Hope House