Thought for the week 24.2.22

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The account of Jesus stilling the storm appears in three of the four Gospels. The scene is set as gales whip up around a fishing boat in which Jesus is asleep.

Here in Oban, especially in the wake of storms Dudley, Eunice, and Franklin, we don’t need to use too much imagination to picture winds whirling and waves crashing. It is also easy to identify the creeping fear of those experienced fishermen as the storm builds. And Jesus sleeps on.

Life can sometimes feel a bit like sitting in a boat in a building storm. Concerns and problems crash more and more violently into our boat until we are left feeling desperate and exhausted. It is understandable in the storms of life to wonder where God is in all of it.

The disciples did. They woke Jesus up and asked if he cared that they were drowning. He was the one, after all, who had led them into this storm.
Jesus stands up and speaks to the wind and the waves. ‘Peace! Be still!’ he calls. And immediately the storm is stilled. Jesus reminds the disciples that he was there all along, and they didn’t need to be afraid.

‘Peace! Be still!’ is Jesus’ call to us, too. In the storms of life, to remember that we can call out to him whom even the wind and the waves obey. We can cry out into the crashing waves, or whisper into the wind, trusting that God will answer our call.

Emily D’Silva
Parish Assistant, Kilmore and Oban Parish (Church of Scotland)