be still

the following story is toward the end of chapter 4 in mark:

when evening had come, Jesus said to the disciples, “let us go across to the other side.” and leaving the crowd behind, they took Him with them in the boat, just as He was. other boats were with Him. a great wind storm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. but He was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him up and said to Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing? He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “peace! be still!” then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “why are you afraid? have you still no faith?” and they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”

it’s interesting that the people closest to Jesus, His own disciples, were afraid even in His very presence. and after Jesus stills the wind and waves His disciples turn to one another questioning His identity. if creation listens to Jesus and heeds His call, certainly we who have ears can likewise listen and respond.

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