Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Are Your Dreams Big Enough?

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"Mark 4: 39-41

The back story here is that Jesus and his boys are on a boat and they are hit by a sudden storm. The waters were rough and the wind was blowing like crazy.

What was Jesus doing? Sleeping like a baby.

Who is this guy!?

So his disciples woke him up and were like yo… we need you to get up and do one of them miracles that you do. We’re about to drown out there.

One of the things that I really love about this story is the tone that Jesus took with the disciples. It is as if he was annoyed that they woke him up for such a trivial matter.

Even though the matter at hand was a force of nature!

He did come to the rescue, but not without saying that they should have been able to handle it themselves.

“Why are you so afraid, Do you still have no faith?”

No faith? Does not being able to stop the wind and waves mean that his boys had no faith?

I guess so compared to the man that feeds thousands with a fish and some bread.

This makes me think though. What is our true potential? What are we capable of doing if we allow ourselves to believe?

The remarkable thing about the disciples is that they were not remarkable at all. They were regular folk. And it was these regular folk that Jesus believed could control the wind.

They are no different than us.

This is one of those passages that gives me the audacity to question my dreams. Am I thinking big enough? How are my fears limiting the scope of my imagination? Am I truly striving to be all that I can be, or rather just what I think I can be.

Because hey, if Jesus was disappointed that his boys couldn’t stop the wind and waves, maybe he’s telling us through that message that we can do so much more…

Much more than we even dare to dream.

Today’s Reading: Numbers 7-8; Mark 4: 21-41


  1. I think this also speaks on the power of our mental attitudes. I think some of what Jesus is saying here is that it's all in their heads. We may not be able to control things like forces of nature but what we can control is our attitude towards them and thus our experience of them. Interesting stuff! :)

    PS- This is Linsley, my name is backwards in my profile ha ha

  2. Hey Linsley

    But what if he is saying that we can control the forces of nature... hmmmmmmmmm.....

    I agree with you on the attitude part too.


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