‘Perhaps it’s time to wake Jesus up’ … sounds controversial or contradictory as we know that the Maker of heaven and earth neither slumbers nor sleeps. This is what the disciples had to do however when they feared they were going to drown. Some of you know this is my biggest fear – drowning – even though I would have liked a boat and am a good swimmer. To watch Castaway or The Perfect Storm takes a massive effort on my part. This fear is the result of a real experience that happened many years ago – ‘sink or swim’ or rather ‘swim or drown’. No prizes for technique or badges for distance only the reality that I’m still here 60 years on and having had to self-isolate for 14 days.
Matthew 28 v 23 tells us that whilst on the lake a ‘furious storm’ blew up – it came without warning and so no time to prepare. It was so rough that ‘waves swept over the boat’. Seasoned, hardened, experienced fishermen were scared … so scared in fact they thought they were going to drown. Where was Jesus in all of this? They found him in the back of the boat fast sleep. They ‘went and woke Him up’ we are told. What was His response? ‘You of little faith, why are you afraid?’ ‘He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves and it was completely calm’. AMAZING. Are you feeling fearful, overwhelmed, confused or ‘swamped’ by all that is happening in our country today? Schools closing, self-isolation, social distancing, financial concerns, job losses … lack of sanitisers or toilet rolls. These are real issues in today’s world. Psalm 121 v 1 says ‘I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?’ Have you been asking that or are you even asking that today? The Psalmist’s response reminds us ‘My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth’. ‘The Lord watches over you’ v5a. ‘The Lord will keep you from all harm – He will watch over your life’ v7.
So ‘let’s wake Jesus up’, metaphorically and reverently speaking, and join together in prayer from our homes. Let us pray for those who feel swamped by this storm, for those whose ‘boat’ is being battered so much so that they feel it will sink and they will ‘drown’, for our Government, for essential care workers, for the elderly, for the lonely, for families, for parents, for children… the list is endless. Let’s ‘stretch out’ our hand in prayer against the Coronavirus and let’s be ‘AMAZED’ at what God can do … after all ‘What manner of man is this that even the winds and waves obey Him’.
He is the “Waymaker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the Darkness. My God that is who you are”.