“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?” – Mark 4:38
When I read Mark 4:35-41, where Jesus calms the storm, I often focus on verse 40 where Jesus says to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” It is a needed reminder that Jesus is in control and Jesus has the power to calm the storms. As I listened to the above song, “Wake up Jesus” recorded by The Porter’s Gate, I was deeply impacted. This song is a song of lament, a prayerful plea to the Lord to help in the midst of the pain we are going through. This song of lament is written from the vantage point of those caught in the middle of the storm, in the middle of the chaos, in the middle of the waves, the panic, the fear that may have been felt by the disciples as they cried out to Jesus to wake up.
Can you relate? Have you cried out to God like that? I have.
They cry out to Jesus, “Jesus, when you gonna wake up? . . . Won’t you rise up?” God gave us the incredible gift of emotion so that we are able to feel and express in unique ways including through laments.
We can lament, we can cry out in the midst of our pain and confusion. Examples of this are found throughout scripture. Look at Psalm 44:23-24:
Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.
Why do you hide your face
and forget our misery and oppression?
Wait. Pause. Breathe. Be.
Don’t simply stop in the middle of your lament but look forward. Continue to cry out and find comfort and peace in the Lord, in His unfailing love. For with one word Jesus calms the storm, “Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” (Mark 4:38).
“Just one word from the Maker and all the waves be still
Just one touch from the Healer and all will be made well”
This isn’t to say that your circumstance will change at that exact moment. But there is a peace and strength in the Lord that can bring us to a place of calmness pushing the waves down and calming the storm that is our current situation. God can bring clarity. God can bring peace. God will heal your heart, but sometimes it takes time.
“So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name”
– Kristene DiMarco (It is Well)
Do you need to lament today? Do you need to cry out to Jesus? Do you need to trust in the Lord and have faith in him? Look to the truth in scripture and cry out to God.
He is there. He is waiting.