And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39
I read a story this past week about a young man seeking employment on a farm. When asked by the farmer what he knew about farming he replied, “I know nothing about farm work, but I can sleep when the wind blows.”
Desperate for help, the old farmer hired the boy. One night a storm blew in, and the farmer ran to the young man’s room, and there he lay sleeping like a baby. Rather than waste time trying to wake him, the farmer ran to check the barn, animals, and the straw pile. All were secure. The farmer understood the boy’s statement.*
As I read the story, I thought of Jesus and the disciples on the storm-tossed sea. The Word says “the waves beat into the ship, and it was now full.”
The disciples were afraid.
Jesus was asleep.
On a pillow!
The disciples awakened Him and asked did He care if they drowned.
He stood, rebuked the wind and spoke to the waves.
The winds ceased. The storm calmed.
Then He asked, “Why are you afraid? Why don’t you have faith?”
They were afraid and asked, “Who is this that even the wind and sea obey Him?”
Have you ever been there?
Speaking spiritually, I don’t always sleep when the wind is blowing, and the waves are rocking my world. But when I stop watching the horizon bob up and down and get my focus on the Master of the wind, my spirit calms.
Then I, like Jesus, can rest when the winds blow and the waves crash around me!
How about you. Do you ever have trouble resting when the wind is blowing?
*I Can Sleep When the Wind Blows ~ Olden Cook