He is in the stern

by DP

But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Mark 4:38

When Jesus told his disciples, “Let us cross over to the other side”, was because He intended to get there. As their journey took place, a storm began and the disciples aware that their boat was filling up with water, got scared. They tried on their own all what they could to keep the boat afloat. They employed all of their skills to maintain everything under control. Why was Jesus sleeping in the stern? It is curious that it is from the stern where the boat is controlled, where the direction of the vessel takes place and it was there where Jesus was sleeping. It was only when they asked Jesus for help, that the situation turned around.

How often we get immerse into all of the ordinariness of life, and when situations arise we first use our knowledge, skills, know how, all before we call Him for help. We rely on ourselves just as the disciples did. We want to have control. At some point our boat fills up with water, and it isn’t until our “safe” place starts to sink, we relinquish control over to the Lord. While we assume control, He has no option but to rest. When He assumes control, we find rest.

How often we forget, that Jesus is in the stern waiting for you to call upon Him and let Him take control. We put our attention on what is going on around us, and try to fix things with our own strength. We seldom find rest. What we create is discouragement, doubt, fear, and most often than not, chaos.

It is time for us to look at the stern and give control over to Him; He is awaiting. Let Him take care of your needs, and situations. It doesn’t mean that you will not get wet, or that the boat will not fill itself with water. It doesn’t mean that you will avoid the storms, or that it might sometimes seem like you will perish. But in spite of all of that, He has promised that He will be with us, everyday.

So remember, He is in the stern.

“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”

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3 thoughts on “He is in the stern

  1. I read this passage this morning and was reflecting on why Jesus was sleeping in the stern. Then I found your devotional. This is absolutely excellent – so encouraging. Thank you so much.

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