This morning I was meditating on Luke 8:22-25:
22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
Reading this story in times past I have been fascinated by the place in which these nervous fisherman found Jesus during the storm; asleep. Yet, as I read this morning I was struck with the knowledge that Jesus was awake before he was found asleep! Bear with me for one moment…
Lukes Gospel reads “one day he (Jesus) got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side of the lake.’ Interesting…Matthew and Mark’s Gospels make similar statements…
Matthew 8:23 states… “23 And when he (Jesus) got into the boat, his disciples followed him.”
Mark 4:35 states…”35 On that day, when evening had come, he (Jesus) said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36
Before these nervous fisherman were in the thick of the stormy seas…they were on dry land ministering side by side with Jesus. They watched miracles take place- they saw a mans withered hand restored- they were with Jesus when a DEAD boy was raised to life- they accompanied Jesus to the places where He was sent.
What I saw today was not a bunch of nervous fisherman on a boat in the middle of a storm with Jesus asleep on the back of the boat, BUT a bunch of fisherman on boat in the middle of a storm with Jesus asleep on the back of the boat AT THE invitation of Jesus!
Jesus INVITED these nervous fisherman onto the boat! He was awake before He was asleep!
What place has Jesus invited you into? Do you find yourself in the midst of a storm? Do you question if Jesus is there in that place with you? Beloved, Jesus was awake before He was asleep- Jesus is with you in the place to which He invited you…and the storm you are facing right now is NOT a surprise…
He invites you to rest, to trust, and to know that you are in the middle of the very place He invited you into-
Beloved, rest in know that this is the story He wrote!