Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing? “ He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet. Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm.

The disciples were with you in the boat, Lord, and there were other boats, which they must have seen floundering. Some were fishermen and used to the sea, but they were terrified. Yet, you slept calmly.

I can imagine your companions saying, “How can he sleep through this. We have to wake him.”

“You wake him.”

“No, you.”

By the time they rouse you, they are angry. “Do you not care?” they ask.

It reminds me of your response when hearing of the death of Lazarus. Although you wept for your friend, you thanked the Father for the opportunity to teach your followers and encourage their faith. But that was later. At this time, although they had witnessed many miracles, they had not yet absorbed your lessons. As you rebuke the wind, their fear and anger turn to awe.

Why am I so often surprised when you answer my prayers immediately? If I had faith, I would not have feared, nor would I have been amazed. In hurricane or in doldrums, you are present and immutable. Circumstances cannot disturb your infinite peace. Take me into that peace, Lord. You will never desert me. Thy will be done.

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