Mark 4:38 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?”
The disciples were afraid. They were battling a storm that looked to sink their boat and drown them all. They expected Jesus to be worried sick about their safety in the midst of this terrible storm. They expected Him to be doing something to try to help the situation. They had all of these expectations which lead to their judgement against Jesus. You don’t care for us, Jesus! If you did, you wouldn’t be sleeping.
I wonder how many times I have responded in a similar fashion when Jesus wasn’t doing what I thought that He should be doing? How many times have I questioned His love for me because His timing wasn’t my timing or His plans weren’t my plans? Isn’t that what the disciples are doing here? Isn’t that what I do every time that I let my expectations of what Jesus should be doing get in the way of His sovereignty over my life? And to think of the judgements that I’ve levied in His direction. Don’t you care? Don’t I matter?
Just for a second, can you picture yourself in a boat that is sinking? What is the name of your boat? Is it Financial Security? Or maybe Lasting Love? Perhaps your boat is named Healthy Family? Now, whatever your boat is named, what is causing it to sink? What waves of turmoil are sweeping over the sides and threatening to bury you and your boat? As you picture your boat, where is Jesus? What is He doing? Is there any hint of the question rising in you, “Don’t you care if we drown?”
He does care. More than you will ever know. And you do matter. More than you could ever imagine.
“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:7
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3