On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:35-41 ESV
Many people were crowded, by the seashore, that day
Wanting to hear more of what Jesus would say
The disciples were there lending Jesus a hand
To Him, they’d committed to preach in the land
Listening to Him teach, the crowd gathered ‘round,
More likely than not, there wasn’t a sound.
He had much to say to these He held dear
To show them the Way to salvation, so near
Having taught a long day, they launched out to sea.
Into the waters they called Galilee.
The crowd had pressed in most of the day
Jesus was tired, so in the boat, he did lay
Suddenly a storm came, quick as a wink,
The disciples were fearful that the boat would soon sink
But Jesus got up and spoke to the sea
The waves and wind stopped, and the storm ceased to be.
Those in the boat, a loyal, trustworthy band
Marveled as the winds and waves obeyed His command
How many times have you faced your own storm?
With no one around to keep you from harm.
Just like the disciples, you fear what’s ahead.
That your boat will go under, sinking like lead.
As Jesus commanded, the wind and the waves
He’ll do what it takes, His people to save.
Sisters and brothers, I ask you today,
Has Jesus walked by to show you the Way?
Has He lovingly bid you to trust Him
To give you a reason to sing a new song?
Don’t be disheartened, I tell you for sure
That He’ll carry your load and give strength to endure
Those hard times in life when you feel so alone
It’s during those times when He’ll bring you that song.
His love and protection are there for the taking
And our hearts He doth mend, whenever they’re breaking
He gives us the peace we are longing to know
And shows us His path, the direction to go.
So, friends, look to Jesus to calm all your fears
He’ll always be with you and dry all your tears.
He’ll be there to quiet the storm in your heart.
He’ll give you His love and never depart.
I learned a good lesson long years ago
That it’s best to let Jesus sleep in my boat.
Written by Carolyn McDaniel Canizales, May 30, 2023
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for calming the storms that sometimes come against us. It is only through Your hand that we are able to find peace and comfort in all circumstances. We thank you that we have the choice to let Jesus sleep in our boat and bring peace to the wind and waves. Help us to always remember that it is because of what He did on the cross for all mankind that we have the promise of everlasting life. I pray these things in Jesus’ bane. Amen.