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.
What are you most afraid of? Most of us have something that terrifies us more than anything else and it is often unique to each of us; heights, spiders, snakes, the dark, confined spaces... It is easy to look outside of ourselves and find things to be afraid of. A healthy amount of fear can be a good thing, it can drive us into action to take steps to avoid an imminent threat and to avoid danger, yet too much fear can be crippling and keep us glued to the spot, unable to do anything. The reality is that a life lived as part of God's story is not always smooth sailing, there will be many ups and downs and more than a few storms for most of us. Yet we can weather these storms in life without fear when we put out trust in Jesus. The disciples looked inside themselves and trusted their boating skills and knowledge of the lake to get them out of danger, but it quickly became evident that this situation was beyond even their skills. Once they reached a point where they were beyond their own ability, they had no choice but to turn to Jesus. Do you turn to Jesus regularly for help, or only when you feel out of your depth? You may find the level of fear and anxiety in you life decreases if you stop trying to steer the ship and give that task to Jesus.
Dear Jesus, when I look at the world around me, there is pain, suffering, poverty, violence and disease almost everywhere I look. There is a lot which can lead me to fear and anxiety. Lord, help my faith in you to grow into something that will hold me fast in the storms of life. Let me hand more of my life to you today. Jesus take the wheel! Amen