And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
~ Mark 4:39 ESV
It’s a famous scene we all ought to remember: Jesus sleeping in the boat while the disciples panic at the storm that just arose. Then He calms the storm and He chides the disciples for having so little faith. We like to focus on the Lord’s power or on the disciples’ lack of faith in their Savior, but there’s a point we may forget: They were there in the storm because of Jesus!
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”
~ Mark 4:35
It was Jesus’ idea for them to take that path, to go out in the boats on the Sea of Galilee in the evening. And if it was His idea to go that way, would He not see them through to the other side? You see, their lack of faith was not just in their Savior but in the path He had set them on. They were afraid of the storm, yes, but their fear was that they would not reach the other side, that wind and wave would prevent them from ever seeing home again.
God’s call is often to go out on a path shrouded in darkness, to go where we do not see the other side. And storms will rise up, and waves of despair and doubt will come at us from all sides. Our path to follow our Savior and Lord will not always be a smooth road on solid ground. Sometimes He will tell us to go across to a different place, to forge a new path, to go where others fear to tread. To be His disciple and truly go where revival is needed most will undoubtedly involve going across to the other side, traveling on dark waters with no safety nor shore in sight. In those times, we should remember that the Lord of all creation says to our fears, “Peace! Be still!” It was our Lord’s idea to go that way, and He Himself shall see us through.