“Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?”
– Mark 4:40
The episode of the calming of the storm, the memory of which must have often helped the Apostles regain their serenity in the midst of struggles and difficulties, also helps us as we face the storms of life.
The Apostles had called out to Christ for help – so they did have some faith, but only a little, for they were still afraid even though Jesus was in the boat with them. Faith dispels fear, but only in proportion to its strength.
The more intimate our relationship with Jesus; the more quality time we spend with Him; the more we experience and recognise His saving grace in our lives – the greater grows our trust in Him, and the stronger our faith.
“As a vessel on the sea is exposed to a thousand dangers – pirates, quicksand, hidden rocks, tempests – so man in this life, is encompassed with perils […]. We should keep our eyes always turned to God, who alone can deliver us from the many dangers to which we are exposed” – St. Augustine
My Lord Jesus, where would I be without You today?
Perhaps drowning in my own sorrows,
without hope, desperate and alone.
But I have You by my side,
and in those desperate moments I shall cling on to You, Lord,
for You are my Saviour.
Strengthen my faith and trust in You, Lord,
and prepare me for the storms of life which may be yet to come.
Stay by my side, O Lord, and increase my faith.