Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “ Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “ Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “ Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him? -Matthew 8:23–27
Often times in the storms of life, we can feel like God is sleeping. The disciples had a great need. They were not novices to the ways of boats and seas. They had a real concern that the boat was going to capsize and they would all be tossed in. They were rebuked by Jesus for their faithlessness because they did not yet realize that Jesus was God. This is obvious because of their response to the now calm storm; “who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” Who can this be? If they would have believed that the one laying fast asleep in the hull was God, they surely wouldn’t have need to fear.
Jesus promises never to leave or forsake his followers. It is so easy to become anxious when the storm clouds come rolling in. It is easier to fall to fear when the storm is upon us, shaking and threatening to capsize our water craft. But Jesus is with us. His Spirit is “omni,” or “all”ways present. We have no need to doubt help from our all loving Savior. If help is delayed, fear not, for he will come and calm the storms of life in his timing. Keep trusting!