Have you ever noticed God intervening in your life in a way that seems miraculous? Have you ever been in danger and felt God rescue you? Jesus’ disciples did and we have. Remembering these times helps us trust him more.
In Mark 4:35-40 he calms a catastrophic storm. Here’s what Mark writes:
Michael Card, in his book Mark:The Gospel of Passion, notes that the Gospels tell two different stories about storms on the Sea of Galilee. The second one is “merely a contrary wind” and Jesus calms it and walks on water. (Mark 6:45) The first storm is very different and is unlike any storm the disciples had ever seen though they were experienced fishermen. Card believes “the violence of this storm has nothing to do with meteorology.” He says it’s a demonic attack on their lives and notes that Jesus speaks to the storm with the words he uses to silence demons:“Be Muzzled!” (Mark 1:25).
Our miraculous rescue occurred in 1996. We were driving from our home in
The next evening we met with a group of friends who were unbelievers. We had been friends with these people for decades but had returned to church and Christ about six years before this. That night the despair in the group was evident. Without God they had no eternal perspective or purpose.
A few days later I awoke thinking about the scene on I-75 and God plucking us out of that, saving us. Then I realized he also plucked us out of The Group (out of their belief system) and plunked us down in a wonderful, joyful Christian fellowship giving us an eternal perspective and purpose. It still amazes me and proves to me God can do anything.
The disciples after their miracle rescue said “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him.” (Mark ) Card says “the great wind that had attempted to claim all of their lives had become a great calm.”
Our faith grows as we notice his interventions in our lives. We serve a mighty God. He is greater and mightier than we can comprehend. We can trust in the Lord no matter what kind of storm or disaster we face.