Job 38:1, 8-11
Psalm 107:23-26, 28-31
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The wind ceased and there was great calm. (Mark 4:39)
Several years ago, a United States Coast Guard cutter was in port and scheduled to depart the next day. The commander was complaining about gale-force winds, rain, and low visibility. One of the crew felt inspired to tell him, “I know the Man who controls the weather.” To which the commander replied jokingly, “Then tell him I want less than ten knots of wind and clear visibility.” The next day, that’s exactly what he got! That inspired crew member had prayed and felt the Lord say to him, “You can have whatever weather you ask for.”
That sounds a little like today’s Gospel reading, doesn’t it? In both stories, people turned to the Lord, and a storm was calmed. But there’s a difference. The apostles called to Jesus out of fear and anxiety. They weren’t even sure that he cared that much about what was happening (Mark 4:38). That nameless crew member, on the other hand, believed that his faith could actually change the situation, so he invited the Lord to step in and act.
That’s the kind of faith God wants us to have. We may feel insignificant, but he wants us to know that he is in the boat with us, and he will take care of us!
We all know intellectually that God is always with us. We know he has never left our side. We probably even believe that he knows every circumstance we will ever encounter. But we need to act on that knowledge and seek his intervention. We can trust that he will act on our behalf, whether or not we get exactly the results we hoped for.
Just one word of advice: don’t wait for the next storm to seek out the Lord’s help. It’s better to get in the habit of inviting him into your situations when things are calm. Then, when the seas get choppy, you’ll turn to the Lord almost reflexively—and you’ll see his hand at work!
“Jesus, I believe that you are bigger than all of my fears. I give those fears to you. Lord, I trust in you!”~WAU