And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39 (KJV)
Perhaps today we are not in tune with nature as we were only a couple of generations ago. With the invention of cars and shopping centers we move about isolated from the conditions of weather outside. We drive around all year with a pleasant temperature surrounding us then step out for a few seconds before we enter the house, or another building with a controlled environment that is suitable and cozy. We are warm when it is cold and cool when it is hot and the weather outside affects us little. Great changes and improvements we have made to how we live.
But not so long ago things were different. People learned to live with and deal with the conditions that were set by the winds, temperatures, and precipitation. They knew how little control we have over the elements. For them it controlled what they could do and when they could do it. Today, for the most part, it may only influences which activity we choose to do when we wanted to do it.
Those of the former days were so controlled by the exterior conditions that for them it was one of the great pillars which held their existence. If things got too extreme people could perish. There was no coast guard patrolling the waters of Galilee. If the wind and the waves got out of hand, everyone out there was completely at the mercy of nature.
Yet when Jesus got up, He spoke to the wind and He told the seas to be quiet. At the sound of His voice, those whose lives were threatened got to see what happens when Jesus speaks. The pillars which held up their idea of nature were shown to stand on a completely different source. They had a front-row seat to witness the authority our Savior has over the conditions which control our existence here on this planet. They watched in awe as the wind and waves obeyed His words and immediately stilled to a perfect calm.
In our modern age of machines and controlled environments, we can easily overlook this basic fact about our Lord. We put faith in our air-conditioners and our insulated buildings. We go about our busy lives never stopping to consider who is at the helm. We have forgotten what it is like to live where everything depends upon the mercy and grace of the One who controls all the conditions which surround us.
Dear Jesus, thank You for stories such as the one of the calming of the wind and seas. We have strayed from the awareness that all things flow from You. This has isolated our hearts too and insulated them from this knowledge that keeps us ever close to You. Please restore upon our hearts, the overwhelming sensation of Who is really directing all the elements and situations which we face each day. We have lost this ever present reminder that the things that buffet us and crash over us in waves do bow to the sound of Your voice. Draw us close, help us to remember. Show us again that at Your word, the storm becomes calm and those near You we are safe and secure.