Mark 4:35-41: Jesus Calms the Storm
Sea story … December 1992 on the USS LY Spear, crossing the Atlantic on our way home from the Persian Gulf. We were experiencing heavy seas for 5 days straight. The Spear was a flat bottomed, 645 ft monster of a ship. Being a flat bottomed vessel allowed her to give us an exciting ride with 6 to 10 ft swells. Standing on the covered quarter deck beneath the helicopter pad made for an interesting ride. While riding the mountains of ocean, one moment as we rolled to starboard looking down over the side, I could not see the ocean and then as the she rolled back to port I could no longer see the sky. At first it was a bit novel for most of us who were submarine sailors. Some of us who had stronger stomachs made fun of those who were sick, after a couple of days, the ship reeked of vomit and all of us where vying for a piece of floor near the waterline where the effects of the waves was the least.
On day 5 our chaplain, a medal of honor recipient from Vietnam had had about enough. During his 1700 (5pm for you civilian types) prayer he cried out to God on behalf of the crew. He quoted Mark 4:35-41 and then prayed, “Father, we have had about enough of these crazy seas and we would real appreciate it if you could give us some relief.” Within the hour, the seas calmed down. He was an even more beloved chaplain after that.
For 4 chapters, Jesus has been doing amazing miracles and telling stories about the power of this new kingdom. He tried to explain how little is actually expect of us and that all we need to do is place our faith and confidence Him. He’s got our back. He is a little disappointed in their ability to get it.
I am looking forward to getting it.
“By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might; who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples, so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.” (Psalm 65:5-8)”