Mk.4:37,38 – And a fierce gale of wind *developed, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling with water. And yet Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they *woke Him and *said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Sometimes we just have to say what is in our heart (He knows everything you are thinking anyway). This reminds of the story of the poor leper Jesus healed. Remember what he said? “If you wanted to you could heal me”. What did Jesus say in response? “Of course I want to, be healed of your infirmity.” At the bottom of both of these questions is quite an absurdity. What both the leper and the disciples were saying is that He didn’t really care. Nothing could be further from the truth. He cares deeply about each of us. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this story:
“When Christ seems as if he slept in a storm, he is awaked by the prayers of his people; when we know not what to do, our eye must be to him; we may be at our wits’ end, but not at our faith’s end, while we have such a Savior to go to. Their address to Christ is here expressed very emphatically; Master, carest thou not that we perish? I confess this sounds somewhat harsh, rather like chiding him for sleeping than begging him to awake. I know no excuse for it, but the great familiarity which he was pleased to admit them into, and the freedom he allowed them; and the present distress they were in, which put them into such a fright, that they knew not what they said. They do Christ a deal of wrong, who suspect him to be careless of his people in distress. The matter is not so; he is not willing that any should perish, much less any of his little ones.”
If we are honest, all of us have felt a little sorry for ourselves this last week. Why did Ida have to cause such a stir? Power and water outages…. Really?!!! Does Jesus even know how hot we are? Does He even care? Well then – Why don’t you just ask Him that question. He may just show up before you get the words out of your mouth.