Jesus Stops a Storm
One day, Jesus and His disciples decided to go for a boat ride. Nobody knows exactly what kind of boat it was. It might have been a sailboat or it might have been a rowboat, but more than likely it was a sailboat since there is no mention in the bible about Jesus rowing anywhere.
So anyway, Jesus and his twelve disciples were all crammed into this little sailboat (nothing in those days was roomy), and they were sailing on the blue sea and admiring the view and the water which was fun, at first, but after about ten minutes of looking at the blue ocean and the blue sky, it all got a little repetitive and boring.
The disciples were sitting very quietly in the boat waiting to see if Jesus was going to say something. Once Jesus looked like he was going to say something — he opened his mouth and all the disciples perked up their ears — but Jesus just yawned and lay down on the deck of the boat and went to sleep (this was way, way before the invention of deck chairs).
Just as Jesus was entering into the stage four slumber, the sea started acting a little iffy in that there were big black storm clouds gathering. The waves started getting bigger and bigger and then the wind starting acting up something awful. And the little sailboat started to pitch and fro and vice versa.
Some of the disciples were getting seasick, some of the disciples were getting homesick but all of the disciples were getting scared! Then the thunder and lighting started up something fierce. And yet through all the commotion, Jesus continued sawing logs because he was so tired from sawing logs.*
“What will we do?” asked one of the disciples.
“Maybe we should ask Jesus.” suggested another disciple. “But He’s sleeping so peacefully, it would really be a shame to wake Him up.
“Who cares? Let’s do it anyway!” said another disciple (probably Judas).
So all the disciples went over and tried to wake up Jesus. “Jesus! Jesus! Wakey Wakey Eggs and Bakey! Time to get up now Jesus!” they said. But Jesus did not wake up.
“I doubt’ he’s ever going to wake up.” said Thomas.
Then one of the disciples remembered seeing a cowbell on the other side of the boat and ran to get it so he could ring it in Jesus’s ear,* but just then a big wave splashed some water into Jesus’s face and Jesus opened his eyes.
“Be still.” Jesus said quietly and stopped the storm. Then he looked at his disciples and asked, “Why were you afraid? Did you not know that I would take care of you?”
“We will never be afraid again when we are with Jesus.” they all said — practically in unison — except for Thomas who was lagging a bit as usual.
Until next time . . . I love you