The wind ran out of breath

by Brent Decker, Programming Coordinator

He told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!” The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?”
Mark 4: 35 – 38

You can’t help but wonder what Jesus’ tone was when questioning the disciples about their lack of faith and trust in Him.  Even knowing Jesus, the miracle worker, was sleeping below them, they too were overwhelmed with the unknown of their circumstance to trust.

How often can we relate to these disciples?  Finding ourselves in a season where our trust in Jesus is so tattered and torn by the waves, that we find it hard to hold onto his faithfulness.

Vulnerable moment, recently I’ve known this season well.  I know what you’re thinking, “wait, don’t you work in ministry?”  Or  “Brent I’ve heard you singing songs on trust and hope in Jesus.  Do you not believe that?”  I do, most of the time.

A lot of times I find myself singing out and declaring truth for those around me, but can’t fully embrace those same truths for myself.  Because just like the disciples, I find myself so easily blinded by the chaos of my storm.

The beauty in that vulnerability, in that human nature, is that there is a God of rescue, waiting to rush in.  By just the simple sound of His voice, He can bring our storm to a calm.  He’s a God who understands our fear, worry, doubt, and shouts out peace.  He’s a God of action, even in your lack of faith.

So let us remain confident in knowing whose name we can call upon in the midst of the chaos.  Sometimes it’s a shout of victory, and other times a whispered promise, regardless it will never return void.

The storm is temporary.  The wind will run out of breath.  The sea will smooth and you will look up to find Jesus, the one who never left. He has always been there.  Life jacket in hand, wet from the waves, and arms extended ready to see you through; always.