“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’ ” Mark 4:39-40
It was spring, 1996. My annual allergy induced migraines were in full force and I’d been feeling like someone was prying my scull apart for a solid week. Like every year, knowing that this was something that would last just a few weeks, I was working and going to school like normal, just trying keep going till the headaches were gone. But this year was different. The migraines were worse, much worse.
About a week into my annual misery, I was at work in the mill making table tops when the room began to spin and blackness began to close in around me. All I could do was lean on the work table, close my eyes and wait for my head to stop acting like it was on the Tilt and Whirl ride at the carnival.
I didn’t pass out and somehow I made it through the last 45 minutes of work. After plodding back to my academy dorm room I climbed up into my bed and I did something I’d never done when I’d been sick before. I prayed. I still remember the exact words of that prayer. “Lord, I’m so sick of being sick, if you could…” That’s all the farther I got. In the wave of healing that washed over me my headaches and all the fatigue were swept away. I felt great.
I excitedly crawled to the end of my bed, looked down at my roommate and told him what had just happened. All he said was, “Sometimes it’s takes us a long time to ask.” And he went back to studying.
In our focus text, I think that, like me, the disciples had not yet learned that they could ask the Father and he would do through them what He would do through Jesus. In spite of everything Jesus had been trying to teach them they still didn’t get it. That’s why Jesus asked them, “Why were you afraid? Why do you have no faith?”
John 14:12 says that we will do greater things than Jesus did if we believe. If we have faith. Too often we forget. Too much we don’t really believe and this absence of faith leaves us afraid, and sick, and without what we need. We need to start living like The prophet Habakkuk proclaimed that God’s people would when he wrote, “the just shall live by faith.”