“Lord, help us to trust that if you have not given it, then we do not need it,” came the prayer from the worship leader. Her prayer was coming from her experience being single. Yet I heard it as someone needing sleep! After that prayer, the Lord did provide a way for me to catch up on some much needed rest, Amen! He does provide for our needs!
“Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’”
I love the story of Jesus with the disciples and a storm arising. In the middle of a storm, He was sleeping! The fact that Jesus needed sleep reminds us of His humanness. The fact that He was capable of being at peace enough to sleep through the storm reminds me of His divineness. Leslie Leyland Fields points out how the cushion Jesus is believed to be sleeping on is the cushion attached to an anchor that could actually help stabilize them in the midst of the storm. What an important detail!
So did the disciples wake Jesus to get the cushion, because they knew He could calm the seas? Or because they thought He should take a turn at rowing and they were worn out? Who knows, but it’s definitely good that they woke Him! They needed saved, for sure. Whether they thought the cushion or Jesus rowing would save them, they were in for quite the surprise! Jesus did not row, although He for sure had the strength to row them to safety. Jesus did not help them use the cushion to anchor them, although He could have, and held on tight. Nah, He just calmed the storm. Can you imagine?
The disciples needed something for they were perishing. When they went to Jesus, He fixed the problem, in a way they did not expect. Do you need something today? Let’s ask God for it. He might not give us the cushion, or an anchor. Instead, He might just calm the storm, decreasing our need for a cushion or anchor. Let’s trust Him to answer our needs as He sees best. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
 Moody Radio. Focus on the Family, September 5, 2017. Leslie Leyland Fields speaking of her book Crossing the Waters. http://www.focusonthefamily.com/media/daily-broadcast/following-jesus-through-the-seas-pt1
This is an excerpt from my upcoming book.