The Greek phrase for this furious storm is “megas seismos.” We associate seismic activity with earthquakes. Here, the Greek uses the word for a storm—a mega storm.
This storm must have been something to rattle these seasoned mariners. Fear was in the boat.
Jesus was there, too. Sound asleep.
The disciples rouse him in a panic. He gets up and orders the winds and waves to calm down. The scripture says: “And everything was calm.”
Amazing. The men in the boat ask: “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him.”
Storms come in life. Sometimes mega storms. The big question is: Who’s in your boat? If Jesus is there with you, you have nothing to fear. The wind and the waves obey him.
Painting: Henry Ossawa Tanner, “Fishermen at Sea”, ca. 1913.