There’s a story in the Bible that tells us about a time when Jesus was with his disciples in a boat in the middle of a pretty bad storm. We know it was a bad storm because the disciples, a number of whom were seasoned fisherman and, undoubtably, had rode out many bad storms in their lives, were so afraid they thought they were going to die. I don’t know if you have ever been in a storm like that but, I’m sure it can be a very frightening experience. I have been caught in squalls on the ocean that have caused me concern, but never one so violent that I gave up hope that I was going to make it out. These veteran fishermen had come to the point of total despair. Then they noticed something odd. Jesus was not panicking with them. In fact, he was in the back of the boat asleep! The Scripture says when the disciples discovered Jesus asleep one of them woke him up and said, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4:38 NIV)
Have you ever felt like that? Your life was being totally turned upside down and it seemed like God was a million miles away? Adverse circumstances were overwhelming you like waves crashing onto the beach and, for all intents and purposes, it seemed like God was somewhere taking a nap completely oblivious to what was going on?
We’ve all been there and in our limited, finite understanding, we forgot one important detail – God does care. Scripture doesn’t tell us which disciple it was that woke Jesus up, but my suspicion is it was Peter. It seems Peter was always the first one to speak, often without thinking. That’s why I think it is significant that it was Peter who later wrote, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT) Peter goes on to encourage us, “So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good.” (1 Peter 5:10 The Message)