Jesus once got into a boat with several of the disciples. (Mark 4:35-41) When He entered the boat He made a simple statement that would become very significant. He said, “Let us go across to the other side.” The story continues that Jesus then went to sleep. A storm suddenly arose that threatened to sink the boat. The disciples frantically awoke Jesus with the words, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Jesus arose, immediately calmed the wind and the waves and rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith.
The rebuke was appropriate because Jesus told them at the beginning that they were going across to the other side of the lake. God has graciously assured us of His presence with us and His unfailing care. We, like the disciples, can and often do look at the circumstances swirling around us and waves of challenges that would seem to overwhelm us and lose sight of assurances God has so clearly expressed.