It goes without saying, Jesus’ earthly ministry was continuously filled with non-stop activity! Every waking moment seems to have been filled with His explaining spiritual lessons, teaching multitudes, healing people, performing miracles, and saving lost souls, to name a few things. We even read about several occasions where a number of events occurred during the span of a single day! We may wonder – did Jesus ever just get to rest?
It’s ironic that the only time we ever hear about Jesus actually getting some well-deserved ‘shut-eye’ seems to occur in the most unlikely of circumstances – in a boat during the middle of a fierce storm and violent waves on the Sea of Galilee. The Bible tells us, “As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.” (Luke 8:23 NLT).
We might be inclined to think, “Wow, for Jesus to sleep during such a storm, He must’ve been completely exhausted, wiped out, and simply “dog-tired.” I see it a different way, however. I think Jesus had such peace from the Father, He wasn’t worried about the situation whatsoever. He had such confidence in the Father and wasn’t worried one bit about the circumstances around Him.
Needless to say, the disciples didn’t share that same peace. …The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” (Mark 4:38 NLT) (Obviously, Jesus did care and wasn’t going to let anything happen to them!)
How do we react when a fearful situation comes our way? Do we just assume the Lord doesn’t care about our circumstances? I’ll tell you, He not only cares, but He’s “right in the boat” with us during those times! Do we react as Jesus did – having peace because we have full confidence and trust in the Father? Jesus’ example shows us it is possible to have peace in every situation because our Father cares about us and watches over us.
Help us, Lord, to have, at all times and in all situations, the peace that passes understanding!