Mark 4:35-41 (NRSV)
It’s impossible to imagine the contrast in this gospel story between the raging storm and the sudden quieting of wind and sea. Long before I joined Laurel and Jim they were caught in a typhoon in the middle of the Indian Ocean. For a day and a half they stayed below in the boat’s cabin with the sail reefed just enough to keep the boat headed into the wind—and prayed. They survived and were some days later “brought to a safe and desired haven.” It’s not always easy to point to exactly what God has done as is portrayed in Mark’s story: a decisive word and command that wind and water obeyed. Jim and Laurel survived certainly in large part because they had gained great skill and experience of how to sail. This too was part of God’s gift to them. And even in the terror of those hours they trusted that God was present and at work at least in part due to their acquired skills. So the knowledge and the trust were both part of God’s gift of peace.
Lord of wind and wave, even in the midst of fear and threat fill us with such trust that we will be at peace. Amen.