Dare We Believe That Jesus Stills Storms of life Today?

The story of the stilling of the storm is definitely a miracle story in which Jesus Christ exhibits his power over nature; but this miracle story is also a wonderful parable in which Jesus stills the storms within our inner hearts thereby giving us the “peace” and “stillness” of God. This miracle story has overtones of a parable in which God speaks to us that God has the power to give us peace and stillness in the midst of our stormy lives…the stormy lives within our minds and emotions…the stormy lives within our families…the stormy world in which we live…the violent storms that still exist between ethnic groups as evidenced again in the racial hatred killing catastrophe in South Carolina, political groups, religious groups and nations.

Jesus has come to heal and calm the troubled waters of our hearts and minds, just as he came to calm the troubled waters and troubled souls two thousand years ago. During the time of Jesus, it was thought that demons caused the storms on the lake and also caused the storms in the “possessed man.” Jesus was able to control the demons within the stormy seas and he was also able to control the demons within the crazed man. The miracle story spoke deeply to the world in which people lived because demons were the cause of everything evil e.g. violent storms on the lake and violent storms in a disturbed man.

In the twenty-first century, technological world, we do not think of demons causing windstorms on lakes nor emotional storms in human beings. At the same time, in our technological world, we know that God needs to calm our inner psychological storms and also to calm our sociological storms of war, ethnic strife and violence. In today’s modern world, we still need to find the stillness and the calm that is described in these New Testament Biblical stories.

So both stories are just as relevant today as they were twenty centuries ago. We need Jesus to calm our troubled hearts and minds today, even as he did years ago.

Notice the similar progression of the main topics of the story in all three gospel parallels e.g. “leaving in boats, other side of the lake, great storm, Jesus asleep in the storm, Lord/teacher/master, don’t you care, he rebuked the winds, great calm, little faith, afraid, awe, marvel, even the wind and sea obey him.” In other words, there is not a specific and exact word-for-word parallel in the three Scriptures, but a parallel in the progression of the story and the progression of thought. All three stories describe the same incident but not with exactly parallel words. …

“O people of little faith.” When the storms of life become violent and we are afraid of dying, do we still trust God? It seems that this miracle story is an invitation for us to trust in God during the tough storms of life. Sometimes, we think Jesus, the Presence of God, is asleep in our boat and is not alert about the peril we are in. Sometimes, we think that God is sleeping on the job, when we are tossed about by the winds and waves of life.

The important question of the story: “Who is this that even the wind and sea obey him?” That same question persists to us today. “Who is this Jesus of Nazareth?” Can he calm the wind and seas in our hearts and minds? Can he calm the storms between ethnic groups and warring nations?