A few years ago UCI was running a Third Culture Kids seminar and on
the first evening the attendees were asked where they felt most at
home. One of them responded ‘At international airports!’ We all have
places where we feel most at home, secure and competent. If the
disciples had been asked the same question they would have probably
responded: “On a boat in the Sea of Galilee”.
Many of the disciples were fishermen and the Sea of Galilee was their
turf. Crossing the sea was a routine task and they would have been
competent at handling boats. Yet one day all this changed.
In the book of Mark we read: ‘A furious squall came up, and the waves
broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in
the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to
him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” ’
Jesus asked the disciples: “You of little faith, why are you so
afraid?” and then rebuked the winds and calmed the storm. The
disciples then in fear and amazement asked one another, “Who is this?
He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
During the storm the disciples were challenged in their area of
competence. They were unable to steer the boat to safety and these
seamen had to call on a carpenter to save them. They realised that
they couldn’t rely on themselves even in an area where they usually
felt they had skill and expertise. The carpenter was no other than the
Son of God and He calmed the storm. Seeing the power of God the
disciples were filled with fear. But they also understood God used
his power not against them but to save them. They learnt they could
trust in Him.
In life we may fear many things but only the fear of the Lord is
needed. The fear of the Lord always leads to a discovery of his love
and care so that we don’t need to be afraid. “But the eyes of the LORD
are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing
love” Psalm 33