The Tiny Ship Was Tossed …
Do you remember that show Gilligan’s Island? The opening of the show explained how the shipwrecked group of people arrived on a distant tropical island;
The weather started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed.
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The Minnow would be lost.
The Minnow would be lost.
Of course, we know that the Minnow was lost. The premise of the show was to see if they could get off of the island and return to civilization.
John Mark wrote about a similar event in the life of the disciples of Jesus. In Mark 4:35-41, the whole band of men were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee. That Lake is 64 square miles, nearly the size of Washington D.C. In other words, this wasn’t your average fishing hole.
It is shallow, too. That means when there is a wind event, it is more violent than on a deeper body of water.
The disciples were in great danger. They were subject to the winds. They were subject to the waves. They were subject to the cool night air. Their lives were truly in danger.
Of the 13 men in the boat, four of them were experienced fishermen. They had seen just about everything on the open water. Although they tried will all of their combined strength and skill, they were overcome. The last-ditch effort was to call on their master, Jesus.
Strangely, Jesus was asleep during this storm. How could he be so relaxed when the ‘tiny ship was tossed’? Who would be able to sleep in such life-threatening circumstances?
In fact, that strangeness affects the disciples, too. They declare in their frustration, “Don’t you care if we drown?”
It is nearly impossible when you face life-threatening situations to have faith. The heart drops and faith melts away at times of desperation. We hope that when we go through times like this we will have friends to support our sagging faith and loss of courage.
But a weak faith and a lack of courage do not determine what God will do. In fact, the disciples did have a little faith. They called out for their Lord as the last option. Yet, they should have called out for Him as the first option.
At that point, Jesus showed them and He shows us just exactly who He is;
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He has absolute authority to calm the winds and the waves. In fact, all he had to do was say the word, and the wind and the seas obeyed Him. How much more do they obey Him now that His Kingdom is established? How much more now that He has ascended to the throne?
Then Jesus turns to the disciples,
He said , “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Before, they had been terrified of natural events. Now, they were in awe of this Lord who could command nature with three simple words.
Jesus didn’t always save the disciples. But in this great demonstration of power, you can have confidence that He is more than able to rescue you. And when rescue doesn’t come, He is able to calm the waves and the storms in your heart. All you need to do is cry out to Him. Search for Him in His word and receive comfort from the Savior who quiets storms and waves. He is interceding before God the Father for you at this very moment. Christ is in the boat with you and will not abandon you.