A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Mark 4: 37-41
As I watched the trees in our backyard compete with the rain to see which could become more vertical last Friday, I knew immediately it was going to be a devastating storm. Pounding rain and high-velocity winds are always a recipe for significant change to the landscape. Such was the case last Friday across much of Minnesota.
I have lived through blizzards, hail storms, flooding, ice storms, forest fires, tornadoes, and even a major volcanic eruption. Each time I have been amazed by the power of creation and the impact it has on our lives. Homes, livelihoods, and even life can be destroyed — often in a matter of moments.
After each event, however, I have witnessed a hopeful, resilient spirit amidst a very prevalent we-are-all-in-this-together response. Deep within us is a compassion that evokes an inner drive to bring our gifts to meet whatever needs are present as a result of the catastrophe that has turned lives — often literally — upside down.
Jesus said to the storm, “Peace!”
We do the same ourselves when we reach out to those whose lives have suddenly become shaken to their core.