"Hush, Be Still"
And on that day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side." And leaving the multitude, they took Him along with them, just as He was, in the boat; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. And He Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" And being aroused, He rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, "Why are you so timid? How is it that you have no faith?" And they became very much afraid and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?" Mark chapter 4:35-41 (NASB)
This day, I have been much troubled. It is as if the wind has been blowing me apart and the waves have been crashing over me, breaking me to bits. This is not the case, in all reality, but my God in heaven there are days that I feel as if I will surely die.
I suppose, from time to time, we are all overwhelmed by the uncertainty and insecurity of faith. We cry out to Father in a consuming vortex of doubt, worry, fear and anger. Weakened by the anxiety of the unknown, we question:
"Father, Are You really there? I ask but no answer comes. I beg but no mercy is shown. Where is this "grace" You so freely give? Can you not see the agony I am going through? Do you not care that I am perishing?"
When your child runs to you in simple faith, hurt and afraid, do you not take him into your caring arms, cuddle him to your breast, and in the most tender, gentle, loving manner say to that child?
"Shhhhhhh. Hush now. It's okay. I'm here. Everything is alright. I'll make it all better. Don't worry, I've got you. I'm here. I'm always here. Shhhhhhh. Hush now...be still."
As you caress the greatest part of you, quietly whispering assurance and rocking him, he slowly drifts away into the sweet forgetfulness of sleep. The pain of the moment was real, but loves tender compassion, truly did make it all better.
Jesus was not only speaking to the wind and the sea, He was speaking to all who were in the boat with Him. They too were in a swirling undertow of unbridled emotions. They, just as we, had no idea what to expect. They were, quite literally, terrified that death was imminent. And just where was their Faith? Asleep, in the back of the boat.
Today, as we are hurled and twisted by the wind and waves of life, He is saying the same thing to us. We are all in the same boat with Him. I pray that no matter what we are going through, may we forever hear the reassurance of Jesus whispering:
"Hush, be still."