What I Can’t Stand About a Sleeping Savior

Written by on April 29, 2015


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?

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  1. Nancey   On   April 30, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I’m reading Max Lucado’s In The Grip of Grace. He says, “You wonder why God doesn’t remove temptation from your life? If he did, you might lean on your strength instead of his grace.” (p. 137) That is true with challenges, too. If the storm didn’t rage, we wouldn’t know how much He cares for us. How often we “awake” God with our concern when we should be resting in His grace.

    • Lynn Hare   On   April 30, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Nancey, I’m learning to be peaceful in the middle of chaos. I’m glad of His power, regardless of where He is positionally. I think He wants a posture of our open palms so He can splash some salt water into them. A baptism of His presence in the middle of chaos, you might say.

  2. Linda Jo Reed   On   April 30, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I’m just grateful that He is always faithful and trustworthy. My seas have been pretty wild this week, too. Trusting Jesus is about the only way to get through it. No strength here. Just trusting He will calm the waves when it’s time and I’m not too splashed on when it’s over.

    • Lynn Hare   On   May 1, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Linda Jo, I love that He’s trustworthy, too. I trust that you’re upheld by His presence in the middle of all those splashes.

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