Mark 4:35-41 (NLT)
35 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” 36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. 38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” 39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

Jesus had been teaching all day along the shore from a boat. There had been a large crowd there listening to Jesus as he told parables to them. As the end of the day approached Jesus was ready to move to the other side of the lake. Perhaps Jesus wanted to rest before teaching to more crowds; because we find in these verses he had lain down in the back of the boat with a cushion to go to sleep. A storm came up and the boat started filling with water from the waves. The disciples woke up Jesus who then calmed the storm.

There is a book called “Ninety-Three”, written by Victor Hugo the same author of “The Hunch of Notre Dame”. In the book Hugo tells of a ship caught in a fierce storm. In the midst of the storm the sailors heard a horrible crashing sound below deck. They realized the cannon had broken loose and was hurling back and forth against the internal walls. Knowing the irrepressible damage about to be caused, two sailors volunteered to face the rolling cannon over the fierce sea. They knew the chance of being shipwrecked was greater from the damage being done on the inside of the ship than from the storm on the outside of the ship. The disciples faced a similar storm. It was their internal lack of faith that overpowered them. Even though Jesus was present they feared the worst was going to happen. And they when Jesus demonstrated His power over nature they feared who He could be. Even though the external events appear to be severe it was their internal turmoil that had them frightened. If only they had waited Jesus would have responded at the appropriate time. For obviously the storm had not gotten so bad to have awakened Jesus from His sleep. Do our internal fears make us rush to solutions? Do we want the answer to our problems sooner than they need to arrive? Pray your fears would be calmed and that you would learn to depend on Christ. Wait on His timing to care for you and your problems. Pray and acknowledge that you know Christ is there with you ready to deal with the problems in your life when the time is appropriate.