There is an account in the gospels of Jesus sleeping in a boat while a storm rages and seems about to sink it. The disciples wake Jesus, he calms the storm and then says to his followers “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Usually we take from this story that Jesus has the power to calm storms, and that we can ask him to calm the storms in our lives. i.e. call out to Jesus so that we can live placid boring lives. But I think the message is different.
I was on a sailing boat in storm force winds when a mast fitting broke. We had to get the sail down whilst being tossed in the massive waves, with wind and rain and spray. It was exciting, we felt alive and ‘present’, …. and yet safe. Our skipper was completely calm, and so we were confident that we would come to no harm; and we didn’t. It was a joyful and exhilarating shared experience which we will all remember and which is a bond between us; so much more than flat seas and a gentle breeze.
So I think that instead of offering calm seas in our lives, Jesus is saying ‘I am in your boat, you are perfectly safe. Go and enjoy the adventure.’ And it is with sadness that he has to calm our storm because we have so little faith.
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