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The Storm

Ralph Carelli & Jennifer Osborne

Jesus got into a boat,
and we followed right along.
No sooner than we sailed, there rose
a very violent storm.

The waves came crashing over.
In our boat, the water was deep.
I called to John and Matthew,
“We won’t make it if the master sleeps.”

Read the story of the storm at sea in Luke 8:22–25.

So we shouted to awaken him,
pleading, “Lord, please save us now.
Don’t you even care
if all of us should drown?”

“You of little faith,” he said,
as he awakened in our boat.
“Why are you so afraid?”
I cried, “We can’t do this on our own.”

And what I saw I’ll never forget.
His eyes grew fierce and wide.
As he rebuked the wind and waves,
the storm started to subside.

So we turned to one another,
asking, “What kind of man is this?
Even the winds and waves obey
this Jesus in our ship.”

—Ralph Carelli


CAUGHT IN A STORM? I am the disciples, calling for help in the middle of the storm, frantically trying to bail out the water in a desperate attempt to stay in control. I am powerless to stop the storm that rages around me from flooding my thoughts and wrecking my heart. In a moment of terror, I see Jesus, asleep in the boat. Only he can command the wind and waves. Only he can step into my storm and save me. Jesus, meet me here. Show me how to rest in the storm, asleep at the bow of faith, while you look calmly at my sea-swamped heart and say, “Be Still.”

—Jennifer Osborne, 22

—from devozine (March/April 2016). Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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