“He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.”
Did you notice it? In the story, Jesus calls the disciples to go to the other side of the lake. In the process, the boat gets tossed around in the midst of a great storm. Jesus awakens, tells the wind and waves to calm down, and the disciples safely make it to the other side. This Scripture has been interpreted in so many ways. A lot of time, we are told, “Jesus can calm the storm of your life.” He can. But, could this scripture have something else for us in this season of Lent where we are seeking transformation? Can this scripture teach us something about change, about Jesus taking us from where we are to the ‘other side?’
The boat trip in the story was a way to get from one side of the lake to the other. Going places is rarely easy. Getting from place to place rarely elicits feelings of peace. The disciples probably would not have gotten in the boat had they known there was going to be a storm. When Jesus takes us from one place to another, we risk getting caught in storms. So where is the peace?
Jesus does not say, “Have a great trip to the other side of the lake!” He doesn’t say, “I hope you don’t get caught in a storm!” Rather, he says, “Let us go.” The peace resides in the fact that Jesus comes with us. Jesus comes along knowing what is on the other side of the lake and helps us get there. He weathers the storm with us. Peace comes knowing not only that Jesus will still the storm, but also that Jesus is taking you to the other side.
During this Lent, how might Jesus be helping you get to “the other side?” Where might he be inviting you to go in your spiritual life? How is he giving you peace along the way?
Loving God, we are so grateful that you promise to transform us. We are especially grateful that you give us Jesus to be with us when the storms of life arise during our journeys to the other side of the lake. Continue to give us peace when we get overwhelmed and remind us that you, O God, know what is on the other side of the lake. Amen.