June 30, 2015
The good news for today
Jesus is involved with a dangerous moment; Then (Jesus) got up in the boat, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there came a great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and sea obey?”
Your life and mine have felt storms—tempests in which our core inner life felt threatened—more than just troubled. Fear might have arisen when a person you have loved suffered a life-threatening, or love-hurtful distress. It might have been a mistake on your part for which the law got involved—and you were in danger of jail. It might have been medical or psychological—a confusion or diagnosis or realization that stopped you cold.
And Jesus—God—asleep—asleep!—in your boat.
Faith calms. Faith implies that fear for your own life finds strength, calm and courage when you turn outward. You are still in the same boat, but you find calm. Circumstances around you settle down into a perspective that you can handle. The world shifts in your commitment to faith, in your awakening others who can help—and in your discovery of the value of your Brothers and Sisters who bring Jesus into your life with their compassion. And sometimes you are Jesus awakening for others.
The really Good News? Sleeping Jesus wakes when you admit you need help. It isn’t your self-confidence, superiority and your own strength that handles such situations. Like it or not, the world around you is bigger than you are. But the calm you need so badly comes in realizing and appreciating your poverty of spirit. You need people, your solitude and “superiority” is inadequate. How Good it is that you come to see that a Greater Power CAN help—someone else will awaken to your cry! How Good it is that you sometimes bring the Greater Power to help others panicking and overwhelmed by the turmoil of a great mistake, an awful diagnosis, or a love in catastrophe!