But Jesus was in the stern, asleep [with His head] on the [sailor’s leather] cushion. And they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are about to die?” And He got up and [sternly] rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still (muzzled)!” And the wind died down [as if it had grown weary] and there was [at once] a great calm [a perfect peacefulness]. Jesus said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith and confidence [in Me]?” Mark 4:38-40 AMP
Fear is an emotion we may know very well as parents. Have you ever been so scared in a situation regarding your kids that it ruled your thoughts and then your mind runs rampant with all the worst-case scenarios coming their way? It can be debilitating and completely irrational.
Even if you are not typically an anxious person, something can trigger an insecure emotion in your heart and allow satan to run with it. He knows we love our kids so much and could allow the what ifs and worry to consume us!
A few years ago, my oldest son was driving on a freeway when a lady bumped into his car and knocked him into a wall. He was fine and unharmed, but the seed of fear had been planted in my heart. How many dangers are lurking in this world that I cannot protect my kids from? This fear festered and grew to the point I was anxious and fearful anytime my kids left the house.
When we are listening, God can speak to us through His Word so when I heard a teaching on Mark 4:38, I knew it was for me. I started meditating on it day and night in an effort to recover my Jesus peace!
When my youngest son started driving, I was still battling fear and anxiety and would rather have wrapped him up in bubble wrap and kept him in his room. It seems like yesterday he was just a baby holding safely onto my hands. But as life usually goes, teens push for freedom. He asked to take his Jeep for an out-of-town hunting trip and I realized I needed to believe Jesus for his safety. I decided to trust God and off he went.
After he left, in came the attack of irrational thoughts, worries, and fears. I began to pray and meditate on Mark 4:38. If Jesus was asleep in the middle of the storm, maybe I should just go to sleep. The last thing I said was, “Jesus, I am going to sleep just like you did in the boat and I trust you.”
When my phone rang an hour later telling me someone ran into my son’s Jeep due to fog, my response was not in fear. I felt peace because I finally understood that even when the storms come, all will be well when we trust and rely on Him. Jesus was in my boat and He will be in yours too! Trust Him and cast out fear in exchange for His peace.