by M. Jolaine Szymkowiak

Safe in the Big Plan
M. Jolaine Szymkowiak
Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25

Jesus had been teaching and healing multitudes of people that day. When it was evening, he told his disciples that he would like to go over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus went on ahead to a small ship that was at anchor. He boarded it, too weary from his day to help send the people away. That responsibility he left to his disciples.

At the point of departure, Jesus and his disciples would cross the Sea of Galilee from west to east. The Sea of Galilee is often agitated by sudden storms, one force against another. The strong current of the Jordan River through the middle of the Sea of Galilee is frequently met by strong southeast winds, causing the wind to sweep through the narrow gorges that descend to the shore from the surrounding hills. They come with such tremendous force that the small vessels of that day and this are hardly able to resist.

The disciples, experienced fishermen in handling their small ships, experienced in the erratic manner of the winds and currents of the Sea of Galilee, encountered a sudden storm that even they, with all their combined efforts and expertise, could not overcome.

Jesus was sound asleep. He must have been extremely tired to sleep using a "cushion" found on board the small ship. The cushion probably was a rower's wooden or leather seat resting on a pile of fishing nets.

The disciples were also tired. They had been with Jesus all day and had attended to the crowd after Jesus had left for the small ship, so that no one would feel they had traveled in vain to see Jesus. The evening had turned into a night of terror from the storm that was so great; it was swamping their little ship. These experienced fishermen worked feverishly against the onslaught of wind and water trying to keep their small ship afloat. In fear of loosing their lives, and the life of Jesus, their Master, companion and friend, their ...

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