Growing up in Florida, I am very comfortable with storms, and thunder, and lightning - even the type that goes sideways on a hot summer's night! And yet, because of the tragic weather we experience each year, storm has become a scary word for many of us. My children are terrified of tornadoes because last year they had to go into duck and cover for an hour at their schools. A storm or an impending one can bring about feelings of anxiety and fear. Our scripture today has the disciples out on a boat with Jesus, and a storm suddenly comes upon them. In classic human fashion, the disciples freak out in fear and cry out to Jesus, "Don't you care that we are about to die?"
My prayer is that we will be reminded today, that indeed our Heavenly Father cares for each of us deeply when we are fearful. Part of being human is having the emotion of fear. However, through Christ, we can overcome fear. The way in which God cares for us and allows us to overcome fear does not always look like we want it to look. It might look like we are getting taken right into a storm with Jesus at our side. Let's head again into the wilderness.
Rev. Emily Wright
Senior Associate Pastor