In my last post, I talked about taking risks and embracing discomfort and doing what you are afraid to do. Then I mentioned how what continues to guide me in seeking out growth through situations of discomfort and fear is a Trust in a Devine Spirit. Then I mentioned I would address that in a later blog post. Here is that blog post.
This is a profound topic that is impossible to fully grasp (especially in a blog post). Nevertheless, a circumstance between Jesus and His besties helps shed some light on my thoughts.
23-25 Then he (Jesus) got in the boat, his disciples (besties) with him. The next thing they knew, they were in a severe storm. Waves were crashing into the boat—and he (Jesus) was sound asleep! They (besties) roused him, pleading, “Master, save us! We’re going down!”26 Jesus reprimanded them. “Why are you such cowards, such faint-hearts?” Then he stood up and told the wind to be silent, the sea to quiet down: “Silence!” The sea became smooth as glass.27 The men rubbed their eyes, astonished. “What’s going on here? Wind and sea come to heel at his command!” – Matthew 8:23-27
This is lovely. For so many reasons. First, this is early on in the relationship between Jesus and His besties. Not long before this, they had given up everything in their lives to follow this dude. Stable jobs, families, potential relationships, safety, comfort.Even though Jesus had already said some rad stuff and done some rad things, I imagine they were still somewhat nervous. I mean, they gave up everything. And now they are on a boat with this Jesus dude. And things are not going well. And by not going well, I mean they were about to capsize. And this crazy man, Jesus, is passed out asleep. Even though He had just performed miracles minutes before stepping on the boat, the besties were sketched (to say the least). But within this fear and discomfort was a teaching moment for Jesus and a growing moment for His besties.
My favorite part of this scripture is that Jesus calls them out. He calls them cowards. Love it. Love the honesty. Where do you feel Jesus could call you a coward in your life? What is your storm? Where are you sketched? Where are you not trusting? Even if you do not believe Jesus was the Son of God, where are you not allowing trust in other aspects of your life?
Moreover, what is your boat? What is the opportunity you can see in your life that involves risk, fear and uncertainty? Where is there potential in your life for things to not work out well?
Let’s jump in that boat. Let’s play in that storm. Let’s have fun with it. In the next big time opportunity or life decision, will Jesus call us faint-hearts?