“A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.   He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”  -Mark 4:37-40

Jesus brought his disciples right out into this storm for a reason. It was an opportunity.

The disciples spent all their energy trying to weather the storm on their own, rowing away, and attempting to keep the water out of their boat. But all their efforts didn’t work. They assumed Jesus didn’t care. They thought they had to do this on their own, that despair was the most logical emotion. But they were wrong.

Can’t you see their opportunity here? I sure did this morning. God is speaking right to me in this storm. Let me explain by using a Charles Spurgeon quote I found:

“I am inclined to think that the secret of weak faith in God is our having a good deal of self-reliance; but when you cannot trust to yourselves, then you hang upon Christ, and to cling to him as your only hope, then you give the grip of a sinking man, and there is no hold like that.”