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Jesus sleeping during a storm

May 14, 2024

Daily Scripture

Luke 8:22-25

22 One day Jesus and his disciples boarded a boat. He said to them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” So they set sail.
23 While they were sailing, he fell asleep. Gale-force winds swept down on the lake. The boat was filling up with water and they were in danger. 24 So they went and woke Jesus, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” But he got up and gave orders to the wind and the violent waves. The storm died down and it was calm.
25 He said to his disciples, “Where is your faith?”
Filled with awe and wonder, they said to each other, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him!”

Daily Reflection & Prayer

Jesus’ followers who’d fished Galilee for a living knew a lot about that landlocked lake. Its location fed stormy weather. “The valleys tend to funnel the winds down onto the Sea of Galilee causing violent storms. Winter storm winds reaching speeds of 75 mph have been measured in the hills of Galilee.” * The disciples controlled the boat as long as they could. As the vessel started to fill with water and the storm remained relentless, they realized Jesus was the only one who could save them. And he did.

  • As the disciples in their small wooden vessel battled the choppy sea and fierce winds, it was natural for them to feel frantic and afraid facing this situation beyond their control. On top of that, Jesus was asleep, seemingly unaware of their dire danger! Have you ever faced a storm–a time when your life was uncertain, scary, and out of your control? During this time, did you wonder at times if God was “asleep”? What helped you sense God’s presence with you even then?
  • Hebrews 13:5 quoted Deuteronomy 31:6’s promise that God will never leave or forsake us. When the disciples woke Jesus, he demonstrated God’s power by calming the storm in a way that led them to “awe and wonder.” What are some stories, Bible passages, or past personal experiences that can strengthen your faith by reminding you that we serve an all loving, always present God? Can you trust that God never leaves you and always cares about what you are going through?


Lord Jesus, I’d always prefer that you calm the storms that blow into my life. But thank you, not only for the times you make things outside me better for but for always holding and calming me no matter what I’m facing. Amen.

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Brandon Gregory

Brandon Gregory is a volunteer for the worship and missions teams at Church of the Resurrection. He helps lead worship at Leawood's modern worship services, as well as at the West and Downtown services, and is involved with the Malawi missions team at home.

There’s a story of a man caught at his house during a flood. As the waters rose, someone came by in a boat and offered to take him to safety. “No,” the man said, “God will rescue me!” Later, the waters had risen even further and another boat came by. The man similarly replied, “No! I have faith that God will rescue me!” The waters rose further and the man soon found himself on his roof. Another boat came by and its driver frantically motioned for the man to climb in and flee to safety. The man once again responded, “No! My God will rescue me, I’m sure of it!” The waters rose further and the man was swept away and soon drowned. In Heaven, the man had a chance to talk to God. “Why did you not rescue me?” the man angrily demanded. “What do you mean?” God asked. “I sent three boats!”

I’ve read today’s passage of Jesus calming the storm countless times growing up in the church. The idea of Jesus calming a literal and figurative storm for the disciples is a powerful one that gave me and many others hope in the storms of our lives. But I’ve been in many stressful situations where the storm didn’t clear. I’ve been in situations that threatened to drown me and I waited patiently for God to miraculously clear the storms. I was disheartened that it rarely happened to me as it did in this story.

I find myself now just coming out of a storm. A work project got wildly out of hand and I worked, in some cases, up to 70 hours a week trying to get it back under control. Co-workers desperately flailed to avoid blame and hurled accusations at other co-workers, which led to an investigation into my behavior on the project (that turned up nothing significant). It was a storm that I was sure would drown me, and I needed rescue.

In what seems to be a small miracle, after five months of chaos, I weathered the storm and arrived on the other side. The storm didn’t subside, but I found support in my family, friends, and other co-workers that got me through safely. I am frazzled, burnt out, and tired—but I am here with my supporters (and fellow trauma survivors), and the project was successful.

For those who don’t know, I have chronic mental health problems, including severe depression and anxiety. I’ve been treated for this condition for half of my life, and it’s made a world of difference, but life can still be tough. In dealing with my condition, I’ve also weathered storms that I thought would kill me—so much so that I sometimes felt that there was no way out and that I had nothing else to live for. The storm that raged inside me was just as powerful and dangerous as any I had faced externally. In those times, I didn’t get the miraculous rescue I had read about in the Bible. But I did get some Xanax. Effective medical treatment has saved my life many times, and that “boat” that God sent got me through the storm just as safely.

Storms can look different for all of us, and rescue from those storms can also be very different. There will undoubtedly be times when God miraculously clears the storms in your life and sets everything right; but based on my own experiences, there will also be times when he doesn’t. During the storms in your life, don’t be so expectant for a miracle that you miss the solution. Sometimes God sends a boat; sometimes he sends several. We can ponder and debate the validity of our experiences or the worthiness we may feel (or not feel) as we see others miraculously rescued from their storms. But coming from someone who’s gotten through countless storms: no matter the size and grandeur of the solution, don’t miss the boat.

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Scripture quotations are taken from The Common English Bible ©2011. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

* J. Carl Laney, article “Galilee” in The Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016.