23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
I was in sales in my “previous life”. And often in the office of a Purchasing Agent was a sign that said; “Your lack of planning does not constitute an emergency for me.”
Often Purchasing Agents were given the task of quickly getting needed materials and parts because somebody made a mistake. This was their way of saying “your crisis is not my crisis.”
As I thought about this, I realized that often in the church we tend to create crises out of things that are not crises – or more important, we tend to make big things out of little ones – all the while missing the call of God.
In this passage from Matthew, Jesus and the apostles are on a boat getting away for a bit of rest. The apostles have just witnessed Jesus heal a man with leprosy (Mt 8:1-4), a Roman Centurion’s servant (8:5-13), Peter’s Mother in Law and a host of others (8:14-17). As crowds approached him, Jesus wanted to get away for rest. They got in the boat and began to cross the lake.
But a storm arose and the apostles panicked saying; “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus, however, was not worried – this was not a crisis situation. He simply rebuked the winds and the waves and the storm ended.
The interesting part is the reaction of the apostles. They have just (again) witnessed Jesus perform miracles in all the healings but for some reason, they lose all knowledge of this and panic.
We often do this. Our first reaction to bad news or situations is panic. We lose our grip, we lose our cool, we lose sight of God. God, however, does not panic. God is in control – even when we may be out of control – and God will see us through.
The next time you find yourself in a panicked situation, stop, breathe and pray. And then let God take over.