This week, the fourth Sunday in Lent, the story comes from Mark 4 about Jesus and his disciples caught in a boat during a sudden storm on the Sea of Galilee. The disciples thought they were going to die. They woke Jesus, who calmed the "wind and the waves" and then asked his followers, "Why are you afraid? Have you still not faith?"
The sermon treats the storm in a metaphorical way - all the sudden and dramatic storms that sweep into and over our lives, threatening to drown our spirit and swamp our souls. Do we trust more in the power of God or in the power of that which threatens us? The opposite of faith is not doubt, but fear and the question is: Do we live a fear-based or a faith-based life?
The promise of Jesus is not that there will never be any storms (physical, emotional, spiritual) in our lives, but that the power of God is greater and gives us the strength and confidence to survive and thrive.
Can you identify the fears in your life - past or present? How much power do they have over your living, decision-making, attitude or relationships? Do you believe that the power of God as shown in Jesus is greater than the storms that threaten or do you find that fear exercises a greater power over you? Why? What can you do to increase your confidence (a word that means full trust or reliance) in God to calm the "winds and waves" that threaten to sink you?