The disciples are out on a boat. For the fishermen among them this is a place of safety. It’s what they know. They are knackered. It’s been a long tiring day spent with the crowds. Jesus is sleeping. A storm big enough to scare these water lovers swamps their boat. Jesus sleeps on.
Often when we face the storms of life we try to tackle them on our own. Whether that be riding them out, or taking them head on. When we do this, when we forget that Jesus is in the boat with us, we effectively treat Him as though He is asleep. Some of us need to wake Jesus up.
Now I’m not making a theological comment or do I believe that Jesus sleeps now. He slept as a man with human needs. The point is when we ignore the one who has the power to overcome, He may as well be asleep. When we say ‘Wake up Jesus’ we are not actually telling Jesus to wake up, rather we are waking up ourselves to the reality of who Jesus is, and what He can do.
Obviously the ideal is to be sure of this anyway. And Jesus had some choice words for the disciples after he had calmed the storm.
Mark 4:39-40 ‘He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”’
Whether you have enough faith to take on the storms knowing Jesus is with you, or your faith is feeling fragile, maybe it’s time to wake up your sense of who Jesus is?