Be Not Afraid!
Letting Christ silence our storms
This is probably one of those Gospels wherein most of the characters were perplexed at what Jesus was able to do.
Think about it, is there anyone on earth who could continue sleeping unperturbed, or, what’s more, possibly command a storm to be still by mere words?
But there are three key moments worth highlighting in this Gospel, and are things we can relate to our everyday lives.
Firstly, Jesus invited the disciples to get on the boat to cross the other side.
This is a very relevant invitation even for us, to get on the boat to cross to the other side. Christ never tires of inviting us to join him in the journey. It’s a journey wherein he accompanies us in life. We could look to the disciples for our response. They never questioned, doubted, second-guessed. They followed and joined Jesus in the boat and crossed the sea. Perhaps in our journey of faith, we could also respond in the same way as the disciples did, entrusting everything to Jesus and following him, answering to his invitation for us.
Secondly, the disciples became fearful as they were crossing the sea in the midst of strong winds.
Let’s be fair to the disciples. They simply reacted as any human being would when faced with a challenge that can be truly daunting. After all, they’re in the middle of the sea while a storm tosses them around. It’s practically a life-or-death situation. They could lose their lives by just being thrown into the raging waters.
Looking into ourselves, we have been fearful of so many things in many instances in our lives. We have become weary of what might happen in the future, or even of the present alone. In fact, this pandemic alone, as a perfect example, has brought many of us to our knees, and it doesn’t seem to be relenting any time soon. It’s created an atmosphere of fear, much like that raging storm in the sea, that we have also started running back to Christ, calling him, waking him up. We have become like the disciples, who ran to the stern and woke Jesus who was sleeping soundly on a cushion.
Thirdly, Jesus wakes up, commands both the winds and the sea, and asks, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?”
Christ does not hesitate to command both the winds and the sea, and they obey him. His mere words demanded authority even from nature, that it obeys him fully, totally. If nature can obey Christ who is God, what more the situations in our lives, the challenges we face, the problems we need to get past? Christ can take full control of so many aspects, or, rather, all aspect of our lives. In fact, he has full control of it, but it also demands of our cooperation, of placing our free will at the very hands of Christ, for it to be molded to how he wants it to be, which will always be for our good.
In fact, it’s also good to ask ourselves the very words Christ spoke to his disciples, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” Are we allowing the storms in our lives to cripple and take control of us, or are we willing to give everything to God who takes control of everything, even those storms that we so want to get away from?
Our Lord understands. He understands that there will always be storms in our lives. He understands that these storms can bring us to our knees or even cripple us, to the point of making us have no room to run to but back to him, who can command the waves and the winds to calm down.
We simply have to run back to him. We have been trying hard to be in control of everything, to do everything on our own, that we have forgotten to leave everything to Christ who is in charge.
Let him take care of the winds and waves in our lives. Let fear become faith. With him, all things are possible.