Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Logos -- Mark 4:34-41

One of the lectionary readings for the week is Mark 5:34-41. Read these verses:
A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" verses 37-38
I've read that passage so many times, but I've never thought of it in this particular way. What jumped out at me when I read the Lectionary Leanings on RevGalBlogPals this evening is the application to our everyday lives. (I know; I've missed something very obvious!)

What happens when the waves toss our lives? What is our response? What is God's response? Do we believe that God cares or do we think he will sleep through the storms of our lives?

Are there times when we cry out to God and say, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" What is God's response?

When storms arrive, do we respond to them with faith or with doubt? Notice that while the disciples did respond in doubt, Jesus didn't jump out of the boat and leave them on their own. He responds by taking action, and by using the opportunity to try to teach his disciples an important lesson about faith.

We are never alone. God is there, and he does care.

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