When you don’t have it, you dream about it.
When you get a taste of it, you long for more.
The more of it you have, the more it is abused.
As much as we would like to think of ourselves as powerful women and men, we all have our limits. Sometimes we can pretend that’s not true. Other times our powerlessness is all too obvious. When the cancer comes, when the grave comes calling, when divorce shuts the door on a relationship, or when the job we dreamed of is ripped away from us we know it’s true: There are no all-powerful people.
Except for one.
In Mark 4:35-41 Jesus’ power is on full display. Jesus and His disciples have gotten into a boat and set out for the other side of the sea. It’s the middle of the night when a storm comes that rocks their world. The disciples freak out and think this is it. Jesus somehow sleeps through it all.
But, after the disciples wake Him up, all it takes is a few words for Jesus to calm the storm. Complete chaos is turned into complete calmness. Jesus demonstrates that the wind and the waves are no match for Him. He is utterly in control. He has authority. Jesus is powerful.
Which freaks the disciples out! Sure, they were afraid of the storm and wanted Jesus to do something, but after He has done His work, they seem just as afraid. Most of us would be afraid when faced with that kind of power though. When our weakness is confronted with extreme power, it causes us to fear.
But, Jesus power is different. Because Jesus power is combined with love. Jesus is all-powerful, and He’s also all-loving. And when His power is combined with His love, we have nothing to fear.
And, in the face of Jesus all-powerful love we are reminded of 2 truths:
1. We can trust in God like Jesus. As He slept in the boat, Jesus exhibits complete trust in His Father. He is so at peace, and so deeply at rest, that He is able to sleep through the impending storm. He knows His God is in control and believes everything will be ok.
2. We can trust in Jesus. We can count on Him. He is all-powerful. Whatever the storms of your life are like, Jesus is bigger than them. He is in control. And, He loves you. He cares about you. He wants whats best for you. You can trust in Him.
We all dream of power. Some of us more than others. But, rather than chasing after it, we can rest easy in our all-powerful and all-loving God.