Do you still have no faith?
And He said to His disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:35-41).
Lately I have been reflecting a lot on the passage from Mark where Jesus and the disciples are out on the water, when suddenly a storm begins to rage.
The disciples become extremely afraid and start freaking out. “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”, they say to Jesus.
Jesus calms the storm and asks them why they were so afraid? Did they not have faith in Him?
Exactly - why were the disciples so afraid?
Then I realized why.
They were afraid because they didn’t expect a storm to happen. They were out on the water with Christ and didn’t expect for anything bad to happen with Him there, and so when that storm began to rage, they became very afraid.
How often is that true for us Christians? So often we become fearful of life’s storms. But in a world where both bad and good exist, we know that our lives are and will always continue to be filled with ‘storms’.
Christ, today, asks each of us: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”.
Christ never promised us no storms in life. What He did promise us, though, is peace amidst the many storms of life. All we have to do is simply look at the lives of the saints - even in the most severe and difficult of moments of their lives, they had total and perfect peace in their hearts thanks to Christ.
Let us, too, strive to be this way.