Jesus Calms the Storm
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
One of my favorite pieces to sing is the stranger of Galilee. The third and fourth verses speaks to this text:
I heard Him speak peace to the angry waves, Of that turbulent, raging sea;
And lo! at His word are the waters stilled, this Stranger of Galilee;
A peaceful, a quiet, and holy calm, now and ever abides with me;
He holdeth my life in His mighty hands, this Stranger of Galilee.
Come ye who are driven, and tempest tossed, and His gracious salvation see;
He’ll quiet life’s storms with His
Peace, be still! this Stranger of Galilee;
He bids me to go and the story tell – What He ever to you will be,
If only you let Him with you abide, this Stranger of Galilee.
The closing refrain asks us to make our commitment and to love and serve him:
Oh, my friend, won’t you love Him forever?
So gracious and tender is He!
Accept Him today as your Saviour,
This Stranger of Galilee.
The disciples were learning trust on the way but they hadn’t quite reach the point of total surrender. Are we in the boat they were in, afraid and not certain? Are we ready to give our storms over to the Lord that he may lead/guide us through and out of them?
We thank you Lord, for the voices to sing such wonderful words but we also thank you for the conviction we have in singing them and knowing them in our lives. May we hear Jesus speak, “Peace, be still,” to and for us and accept his calling and tell the wonderful story. Amen.