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he Sea of Galilee lay satin smooth in  surprise, saw Him, still asleep amidst the
              the moonlight, its silvered surface  howling gale, undisturbed by the roaring
        Tstirred only by the ripples that  of the wind and the waves. Even in their
        radiated from the small flotilla of boats  extremity something like resentment rose
        making its way from the western shore.  in the hearts of the disciples. While they
        Only the creak and plash of the oars and  were terrified, He was tranquil; while they
        the occasional snatch of conversation  struggled, He slept. Urgently, they shook
        broke the silence. In the lead boat no one  Him awake, their panic lending vehemence
        spoke. In its stern the Savior slept, and His  to the question that they shouted above the
        disciples, knowing how little opportunity  wind: “Carest thou not that we perish?”
        He had to rest, were loath to disturb Him.  (Mar 4:38).
          Galilee was familiar territory to many   Quite what response they expected, none
        of  the  disciples,  and  the  voyage, on  a  of them really knew, but no one anticipated
        night like this, hardly needed half of their  what happened next. Jesus rose from the
        attention. But an almost imperceptible  helmsman’s bench. Standing erect on the
        change in the atmosphere brought them  careening deck, He looked out over the
        suddenly to full alert. It was only a breath  waves and, without raising His voice,
        at first, but it grew rapidly to a breeze, and  spoke, as though rebuking an unruly dog:
        then to a gale. Concentrated to fury by  “Peace, be still” (Mar 4:39). Hardly had
        the surrounding hills, it crashed down on  the words been uttered when suddenly,
        the lake, turning its calm to turmoil as the  as though a switch had been flipped, the
        waves grew higher and higher. Any trace  great storm gave way to a great calm.
        of complacency and calm vanished from  The seasoned sailors among the disciples
        the boats. Quickly it became clear that,  were accustomed to the usual ending of a
        even by the standards of Galilee, this was  storm: the gradual slackening of the wind
        no ordinary storm. Under its assault, the  and the diminishing fury of the sea as
        well-drilled discipline of the sailors began  the roiling waves slowly subsided. This
        to falter and give way to fear and then to a  sudden switch from mountainous fury
        panic that mounted with the waves, which  to glassy calm was something altogether
        now reached so high that it seemed almost  unprecedented in their experience. “There
        inevitable that they must, at any moment,  was a great calm” (Mar 4:39): the hush
        engulf the boat, bringing it and its cargo  that succeeded the storm was just as
        to a devastating end.                remarkable as the force and the fury of
          As the inadequacy of their skilled   the tempest.
        seamanship to meet the crisis became   The Lord Jesus turned to the disciples,
        apparent, the disciples remembered that  and into the silence dropped two questions
        the Savior was with them. Already they  like stones into a still pond: “Why are
        had learned that no circumstance seemed  you so fearful? How is it that you have
        to surprise Him or leave Him helpless.  no faith?” (Mar 4:40 NKJV). The disciples’
        Tearing  their  eyes  from the terrifying  fear of the storm had vanished, not just
        waves, they looked for Him – and, to their  because the storm had ceased but because

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