On that day, when evening had come, he said to them,“Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them,“Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Mark 4:35-41, ESV
The disciples were in a huge storm that frightened them greatly. Yet, after the storm ceased, it was Jesus who they truly feared. They were in awe of him.
Jesus is the one I need to fear. There is nothing in this world I need to be afraid of because Jesus has overcome the world and is greater than any issue or circumstance I can ever face.
He could sleep in the midst of a raging storm because he knew that the storm really was in the "teacup of the world." In the true reality, the spiritual dimension beyond our visible reality, all was calm. Great calm!
He asked the disciples why they were so afraid. They feared becaue they looked at the circumstances instead of at the author of life and the rule of all things. Lack of faith causes fear. Faith leads to peace on earth and fear (awe) of God. Perfect love casts out fear. Jesus is perfect love.
This passage challenges me not to look at the weather forcast or the weather. Instead I need to look beyond the earth's atmosphere to God's reality for true peace and great calm...in the midst of circumstances.