Faith is that moment in our walk with the Lord when we have to put our money where our mouth is. Faith says that we believe that Jesus is who he says he is, and that who he says he is has a profound impact on our life. It’s easy to have faith when things are going well, isn’t it? When there’s not a pandemic, and when we can live our lives the way we want to, and when we can see our loved ones wherever and whenever we want to, and actually hug them, when we’re not worried about disease or illness or social unrest or political bickering or job insecurity or family issues or whatever the crisis is, it’s easy to have faith then, right?
But when things get crazy, well. That’s a whole different thing.
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews is very right when he says that “faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” Because faith is real when you have to step out of your comfort zone. Abraham literally took a step in faith when he went to a foreign country and believed that, though Sarah was sterile, God would provide descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky.
But most of us would probably fare little better than the apostles in the boat in today’s Gospel reading. The moment a little storm comes along, or even a big one, we forget that God cares about us and we feel as though we are perishing in the middle of the night on the sea.
So where are you on the faith journey? Are you taking that step into the unknown like Abraham? Or are you freaking out in the storm? If it’s the second thing, maybe today it would help to name the storm, to recognize what it’s doing to you, doing to your faith life. Because the unnamed storms can’t be addressed. When we know what they are, we can bring them to Jesus, who does actually care about us, who does not desire our perishing, and who longs to shout into that storm, “Quiet, be still!”
If the wind and the sea obey him, so will the storms that are raging in us right now. They really will.