O Jesus, calm the storms in my life.
Picture the fearful disciples and Jesus calming the sea.
Mark begins a series of 5 stories showing Jesus’ power. The focus is on the disciples waking Jesus up to perform the miracle and their awe at his power when he does so.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- There were many boats but Jesus travels with his disciples. He wants them to be the primary witnesses of his power.
- The wind and the unruly sea are symbols of demonic chaos which destroys our lives as disciples.
- The disciples have some faith. They wake Jesus up, believing he can save them.
- If they had more faith, they would have left him sleeping.
- Jesus rebukes the wind and the sea, just as he rebuked Satan who possessed people.
- The apostles understand that only God can tame the wind and sea. If so, “Who is this Jesus?”
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, travel in my boat. You are always welcome.
- Chaos and evil surround me. You are my only safeguard.
- Lord, when I awaken you, you always help me.
- Give me greater faith. I will let you sleep during my storms.
- Waking or sleeping, you always guard me.
- You are Lord. You are God. You are Saviour. You are Redeemer. You are all in all.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will never begin a task without Jesus in my boat.
+ I will always believe that his power can do all things.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
Even the wind and the sea obey him.