Jesus calms the storm. Does he? I’ve been in many-a-storm in my life, both literal and metaphorical. I was in a hurricane once. It was barely a category 2, but was still nothing like I had every seen. I’ve been in some wicked thunderstorms, but this hurricane was different. It was like a steady freight train of force rolling over me for several hours. When I read about this storm in Luke 8, I wonder sometimes if that’s what it was like. I was in the safe confines of a category 5 rated home, and I was afraid. I can’t imagine what it would’ve been like to be on a first century commercial fishing boat. I would’ve been terrified. So, afraid? Yes, Jesus I would be afraid, even with the knowledge of what you did in this story. I can’t imagine what it would be like for those disciples who had no idea you had that kind of power. I’ve certainly been in my fair share of storms. The disciples asked, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?” Fair question. My question is, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him, but so often he does nothing?”
I do believe that Jesus calms storms. But if I’m honest there are times that he seems absent. He seems like he’s sleeping. But then there are times when in the midst of a storm his presence calms it. I wonder if the storm that Jesus calms is not the storm that swirls around us (our circumstances), but the storm that rages within us (our own state of mind and heart). That’s the storm that needs calming. The circumstances of our life will swirl about us, mostly out of our control. The question for me is, “do I have the faith to trust that God is with me even in that storm? Do I have the faith to let God’s presence calm my mind and heart even though the winds and waves around me may rage?” I sometimes wish that, if God is God, that God would just wave a magic wand and make everything ok. But that simply doesn’t happen. But through prayer and through awareness, I do believe that God’s spirit can come in and calm the storm within.