A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him, saying, “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?” Mark 4:37-38 (The Message Bible)
The disciples knew Jesus had special powers or they would not have woken him to save them from drowning. Yet at this time in the story of Jesus, the disciples were still unaware they God was with them. They knew God in their life, but not that God was in their presence in the form of a human being.
Years ago, I saved Glen from drowning. We’d been playing water volleyball near the lake shore with a bunch of his work buddies. When the game ended, everyone took off to swim to a sandbar about fifty feet away from the shore, including Glen, who I knew was not a strong swimmer. I swam close behind him, and about half way to the sandbar (in water over our heads), Glen stopped swimming and looked at me with panic in his eyes. “I can’t make it!” he said, and I yelled back, “That’s okay, I can swim for both of us.” He relaxed and let me hold him up until a stronger swimmer and a paddle boat completed the rescue.
As a toddler, a neighbor kept me from drowning in a river—and I was grateful to be able to pay it forward and save my husband.
Dear Lord, thank you for being with me as I kept Glen from drowning. Amen.