“Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you people of weak faith?’ Then he got up and gave orders to the winds and the lake, and there was a great calm.” - Matthew 8:26 CEB
When I finished my exercise regimen, I decided to walk along the beach. At one point I stopped to watch and appreciate the power of a rolling wave as it approached me. I worried I would be soaked by the wave, so I had two options: stay and see what happens, or move back. I decided to stay. Slowly the great wave came toward me, then it receded. We can feel a similar sense of anxiety when circumstances threaten to overwhelm us. We may feel trapped in an emotional and spiritual whirlwind.
When we allow our anxieties to overcome us, we are like the disciples who were frightened during the storm in today’s reading. They were witnesses to God’s power, and Jesus was among them. Still, their faith failed them. If we learn to depend fully on God’s power, we can remain at peace, knowing that all will be well. Even when we see great waves coming toward us, we can trust that little by little they will recede.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to rely fully on you when we are overwhelmed by the circumstances of our lives. Amen.
By Eymi Jairon Vásquez Suárez