I recently learned a new word, derecho. A derecho is a storm with high winds. Unlike a tornado’s circular winds, derecho winds blow in a single direction. The one that hit our area recently collapsed the steel rafters and frame of a building under construction.
Think of a derecho or hurricane force winds when you hear the story of Jesus on the Sea of Galilee recorded in Mark 4:35-40: “That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side.’ Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’
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?’” (NIV)
Did you hear what Jesus said? “Why are you so afraid?” It doesn’t matter what storms buffet us in life. It doesn’t matter if we feel swamped and sinking. It doesn’t matter what we face. If we follow Jesus, we can replace fear with faith. He calms storms!
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