Summary: 1 of 5 messages on the Miracles of Jesus. This message is on calming the storm. It was presented at our annual outdoor worship at a band shell in Lansing, MI
Calming the Storm
August 26, 2007
Band Shell Sunday
What are you afraid of?
Have you ever been afraid?
I have been. I don’t mind working on roofs and climbing a ladder but there are some moments on the edge of a roof I feel like I’m about to pitch right off the edge and tumble down to the ground in a mass of broken bones and a puddle of bloody flesh. Some people call that an unreasonable fear. Personally I prefer to think of it as healthy respect for gravity.
Some people love roller coasters and all kinds of death defying rides at the amusement parks. I enjoy them all but one. That old flimsy, held together with baling wire, chewing gum and coat hangers, carnival Ferris wheel. You know the one I’m talking about. It’s not really that tall but it’s down right scary. The bucket isn’t much more than a padded plank with a couple of ends, a back, and a foot rest painted gray with a red pinstripe design. The safety device is a wooden bar that is clicked into place by a skinny man with a scruffy beard, a half a cigarette hanging out of the corner of his mouth, and a pack of Lucky Strikes rolled up in his dirty white t-shirt. This is just plain scary.
That’s one kind of fear but there is another kind. It is the fear of the unknown, the unseen, and the uncontrollable.
Have you seen the first movie called Pirates of the Caribbean? In it an evil captain of turned to another character and said: "Argggg" there be monsters’ Have you heard that line before? Have you ever wondered where it comes from?
In the British Museum in London, there is an old mariner’s chart drawn in 1525 outlining the North American coastline. The cartographer who created the map did so from information gleaned from ocean-going crews of the day. There were notations on where reefs might be, and where the best harbors could be found. But there were certain sections that were relatively blank. And in those sections were notations like the following:
Here be giants!
Here be fiery scorpions!
Here be dragons.
In other words: Here be monsters. Ever since man has gone out on the water in boats, seafarers have always been just a little afraid of the unknown, the unseen and the uncontrollable. And they felt great fear. We all often feel great fear with the unknown, the unseen and the uncontrollable in our lives. Some of us really struggle with worry, anxiety, depression, and a looming sense of dread.
Interactive Question: So what are you afraid of?
Part Two: Why are you so afraid?
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, Let us go over to the other side. 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 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?
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, Quiet! Be still! Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.