Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8: 23-25)
What do you do with a loud, rowdy storm, in which your Savior sleeps?
A series of nasty infections are throwing me off my game this week. I’m on sheer exhaustion. Tim’s in Austin at a computer programming convention.
Are you experiencing a high-stress week, too?
Picture yourself with me and the other disciples in the boat with Jesus, in our own version of Wild Waves water theme park. Amidst crashing tsunami churns, this really enormous spiritual Giant is sawing logs in the back of the boat.
Do you think we should try to wake Him? He’s missing this totally epic moment with sea swells throwing salty hair into our eyes. Grab your smartphone. Let’s get some footage of the chaos and upload it Youtube.
Asleep. Jesus. Creator of the earth and seas.
I can’t stand that He’s so serene.
I can’t stand that He’s unflappable.
I can’t stand that He’s so sure of Himself.
Isn’t He paying attention? We’ve got a crisis on our hands, for Pete’s sake! We’re going to drown.
I stand over Jesus. His sleepy head bounces on his chest to the rhythm of the sea swells.
And then a holy moment. I realize, This guy is sleeping because He’s One with heaven. His Father sees absolute assurance. He’s in control.
I’m filled with the sudden knowledge that when Jesus stands, He’ll assess the situation without freaking out. He’ll rally and slay the dragonish wind and waves with authority. Don’t ask me how I know. I just know Him.
Here is a Man I can rely on.
I regret days of strength to the extent that I relied on myself. I celebrate days of weakness, for then I rely on my Savior.
What do you like or hate most about a sleeping Savior?