Matthew 8:23-26

Then He got into the boat and His Disciples followed Him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.


Many times we read the above passage to indicate that Jesus should come and calm every storm we have. We inadvertently get things out of order. While Jesus is the Master of all Creation, including the winds and waves, He chose to address His Disciples first, before addressing the winds and waves.

Jesus’ Desire for His Disciples and for us is True Peace, even in the midst of the storm. True Peace only comes when we desire to be with Jesus so much that we’d follow Him anywhere and trust Him to do anything He desires.

I wrote the following reflection in 2009.


The storm came so quickly …

I knew not what to do.

I screamed and cried, “Lord, help me!

These winds respond to You!”


But He just lay there sleeping.

He did not come to me.

“Lord, this boat is sinking.

Wake up and come and see!”


Then, between the winds, I heard

A Sound both sweet and low.

“Are You just snoring, Lord?

Get up here now and row!


I’m doing all the work here.

I’m really going down.

If you don’t save me soon,

I surely will just drown!”


And He said, “Peace, Peace be still.

Remember what to do.

Peace … Be still … Peace… be still.

You can surely make it through.”


“Be still?” to myself, I thought.

“Why, I have to bail and row!”

The Voice still urged me on.

“Remember what you know.”


“I know I can steer this boat.

It’s the wind that is to blame.”

He stood up and looked at me

And He called me by my name.


“Be still! Peace, be still!” He said.

It was soft, but a command.

At first I thought the winds had stopped,

But at last, I did understand.


The winds still blew. The waves were high.

My boat still pitched and rolled.

But inside me, the storm had passed,

As He brought peace unto my soul.


I thought He spoke just to the storm.

He surely could, you see.

But when He spoke “Peace, be still!”

He really spoke to me!


Storms may come and storms may go,

But He is here to stay.

We can cast our cares on Him

Both now and every day.


Whether sailing through skies of blue,

Or truly stuck in a jam,

Look on Him and just be still.

You will hear the great I AM!


Be still and know that I am God!

Psalm 46:10


You will keep in perfect peace

Him whose mind is steadfast,

Because he trusts in You.

Isaiah 26:3


Oh Lord, thank You that no storm, either within or without, can destroy Your Creation. Please keep reminding me that when I relax in Your Arms, I won’t drown. I’ll float!


About carolynpriesterjones

Follower of Jesus, Seeker of Truth, Commentator on Life, Light Bearer, Water Carrier, one of God's Creations still under construction

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