A man was journeying on a boat.
He fell asleep while a storm raged.
His companions were scared for their life and woke him up, incredulously questioning him on how he could sleep at a time like this.
They ask him to call upon God.
Jesus? (Mark 4)
Jonah? (Jonah 1)
The parallel is striking.
But then the two stories depart.
Christ rebuked the waves and rose above the storm.
Jonah submerged beneath it.
What was the difference?
Their confidence in their standing before God.
Jesus said “Peace, be still.” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Then, He asked His disciples “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”
Jonah said, “Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.”
Jesus had confidence in where He stood before God, so He was confident in His situation. Because of this, outside storms did not become inside storms.
It leaves me wondering—
How am I experiencing my storms?
The beautiful thing is, even if we feel submerged in our trial and not confident before the Lord, we can feel peace in Jonah’s story.
“God prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah up,” (1:17).
God always prepares a way back to Him.
As Elder Holland said, “Believe in miracles. Hope is never lost.”
Miracles come in unexpected ways—in all shapes and sizes. Just ask Jonah.
No matter what storm we are going through, we can be confident in this:
Christ is always ready to calm us in our storm.
With Him, our outside storms needn’t become inside storms.
No wave can claim us when He already has.