That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side.’ Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.
Mark 4:35-36 (NIV)
Read: Mark 4:35-41
Consider: I have read the account of this incident many times and I have tended to focus on one or two facts. Firstly, that despite Jesus being in the stern of the boat, the disciples were still frightened. Secondly, that as hardened fishermen the disciples knew they were in danger, yet Jesus slept. As God was with them they actually had nothing to fear.
Only today when reading Mark again did I notice that it says: ‘There were also other boats with him’. This means that while the storm was raging others probably experienced the same fear and saw what happened when Jesus calmed the waters.
Thinking about this it is obvious that it wasn’t just the disciples who experienced the storm and its effects. While the people in the other boats weren’t those who were Jesus’ close disciples, they were nonetheless ‘with him’.
It is encouraging that Jesus is interested in everyone who is going through life’s storms. His calmness isn’t reserved from those who are in church leadership, but is available to all who are ‘with him’.
Pray: Father, thank you that we don’t have to go through life’s storms alone. Help us to put our trust in you and accept the peace and calm that only your Holy Spirit can give us.