DAY 30 OF 365 OF 2021
Mark 4:35,38 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side."Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"
There is an old proverb I have heard my mum say a couple of times. It translates to “it is only the person who is not sleepy that says there is no place to sleep”. While on a visit to the zoo, I saw a koala on a tree, barely hanging on to a branch, but it was soundly asleep. That is exactly what Jesus does today – He fell asleep on a cushion in the midst of a storm.
While the disciples were in a frenzy attempting to save themselves from drowning, here was their master soundly asleep, as though nothing was going on. In their panic, they go to wake him up and I can see them panting and even angry at him for being asleep and indifferent about their plight: ‘don’t you realise that we are about to sink? How can you be asleep at this time?’
Beloved, the questions asked were appropriate for the occasion and in their shoes, it is likely we would have asked the very same questions. ‘But here were disciples talking about drowning with the man who walks on the waters of the sea’, what a contrast! We can also think about Jesus words before they set off ‘let’s go to the other side’. In effect therefore, the proposition for the journey was made by Jesus and the disciples had agreed to travel with Him.
This could present His words spoken to them beyond that which Mark wrote: ‘
why are you so afraid, do you still have no faith?’ “I proposed the destination, and I have been in the boat with you the whole way. In fact, I am still here with you and you can see me. What makes you think that the boat will sink? What makes you believe you will not arrive at the other side?
Those are the questions the Lord poses to us today when we get into a state of panic when it appears we may not arrive at a destination, even though it was proposed by Him. He asks
can you not see me in your boat? If you can, why then are your eyes fixed on the storm?