Grow­ing in the wind

The Philippine Star - - OPINION -

Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him! — Mark 4:41

Imag­ine a world with­out wind. Lakes would be calm. Fall­ing leaves wouldn’t blow in the streets. But in still air, who would ex­pect trees to sud­denly fall over? That’s what hap­pened in a three-acre glass dome built in the Ari­zona desert. Trees grow­ing in­side a huge wind­less bub­ble called Bio­sphere 2 grew faster than nor­mal un­til sud­denly col­laps­ing un­der their own weight. Project re­searchers even­tu­ally came up with an ex­pla­na­tion. These trees needed wind stress to grow strong.

Je­sus let His dis­ci­ples ex­pe­ri­ence gale-force winds to strengthen their faith (Mark 4:36-41). Dur­ing a night cross­ing of fa­mil­iar wa­ters, a sud­den storm proved too much even for these sea­soned fish­er­men. Wind and waves were swamp­ing their boat while an ex­hausted Je­sus slept in the stern. In a panic they woke Him. Didn’t it bother their Teacher that they were about to die? What was He think­ing? Then they be­gan to find out. Je­sus told the wind and waves to be quiet — and asked His friends why they still had no faith in Him.

If the wind had not blown, these dis­ci­ples would never have asked, “Who is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Mark 4:41).

To­day, life in a pro­tec­tive bub­ble might sound good. But how strong would our faith be if we couldn’t dis­cover for our­selves His re­as­sur­ing “be still” when the winds of cir­cum­stance howl? — Mart DeHaan

Father in heaven, please help us to re­mem­ber that any­thing that fright­ens us comes with an in­vi­ta­tion to find the strength of know­ing and trust­ing You. READ: Mark 4:36-41

God never sleeps. Bi­ble in a Year: Gen­e­sis 33-35 and Matthew 10:1-20

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