February 1, 2013


 “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”                    Matthew 8:27
Early in the books of Matthew (Matthew 8:23-27) and Mark (Mark 4:35-41) we see a familiar story whose power often goes unnoticed.  In this narrative we are witness to a miraculous account.  Jesus and His disciples are traveling across the Sea of Galilee, a large lake known for sudden squalls when a storm arose which was violent enough to endanger their lives.  The vessel was being tossed about by the winds and was covered with the waves so that it was fast filling and in danger of sinking.  The disciples knowing the danger stood on the boat terrified while Jesus slept calmly below.  In desperation, the disciples call to Jesus to save them.  Upon hearing their fear, Jesus arises, calming the fears of His followers first and then rebukes the storm.  Scripture tell us that those on the boat stood amazed at the man before them who could, with mere words, command nature.

In this story we catch a glimpse of power and majesty of our Savior.  We see one who has command over the natural world.  We see one unlike ourselves and this is the detail we often overlook.  Jesus Christ, though fully man was also fully God.  It seems that so many in today’s world envision a Savior and a God who is a good deal like us.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  God is unlike anything we know and more than we can even imagine.  It is important that we remember this truth.  I often tell the youth that we must “right size God.”  My brother and sisters in Christ, we should be amazed each instance we think of our God.  I ask you this, have you lost your sense of wonder when you think of our Lord and Savior?  If so, dive headfirst into the Scripture and get another glimpse at the one who astonished the disciples and who daily renders me speechless.