June 23, 2018
Mark 4:35-48…“But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’” vs. 38
Even though the Sea of Galilee wasn’t very large, barely four miles from one side to the other, it could be a scary place when the wind began to blow. Undoubtedly, those who lived in the little fishing villages along its shore had many stories of boats and lives that had been lost beneath the waves. So the disciples had reason to be afraid when the storm struck, and they were amazed that Jesus was able to sleep. They imagined that he perhaps didn’t care if their boat sank and they all died–that he was indifferent to their situation. Many of us know what that feels like. Life isn’t easy and often we can be engulfed in turmoil not of our own making. There’s a sense of isolation and loneliness, like we’re alone on a great sea, or as some put it “up a creek without a paddle.” Those are pretty miserable situations and it’s easy to start thinking that no one cares; and what’s even worse, we can begin to imagine that not even God cares. In those moments, it’s important for us to remember that God is personal, that the great architect of the universe is also as near to us as our breath. We are never abandoned…and God never stops caring.
Thought for the Day: How does God demonstrate caring?