“Suddenly a strong wind blew up, and the waves began to spill over into the boat, so that it was about to fill with water”.
Mk 4:37 GNB
We all expect that life will be simple and straightforward, that success and happiness will fall into our laps. If this doesn’t happen, we invariably complain, “Why does this happen to me? What have I done to deserve it?” We have to find by sheer trial and error that life is difficult and we’d better expect it to be. That happens to be how it is, however happy and favourable it appears to be for most other people.
“At the personal spiritual level there is a deep lesson to be learned from the stilling of the storm incident. For the disciples it should be enough to be with the Lord, whether life’s seas are running smoothly or not. Forms of Christianity which encourage and promise a life of continual success, excitement and growth will not only lead to frustration and despair; they actually point the disciple towards the wrong goal in the Christian pilgrimage. It is enough that Christ goes with us on our journey. We do not judge his care for us, nor the sate of our discipleship, by the roughness of the seas over which we sail. We ‘rejoice in the Lord’, not in our current circumstances, as Paul made clear to the Philippians (Phil 3:1)” (D. English, The Message of Mark, p107).
The difficulty of managing a work load and making an income engages most people and provides a stern test of our durability. Getting on with people can be a real trial. Adversity can throw us onto the back foot. Through it all the disciple seeks the presence and help of Christ. Nothing more.
Jesus, Saviour, pilot me – in fair seas and in foul.