“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

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 “A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 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?” Mark 4:37-38.

Last night I was on a phone call with one of my friend’s children. Yes, some children still insist on talking to auntie Rawder now and then, share memory verses and sing songs:  It is part of my life. So last night this little girl asks me about Corona Virus. Well I jumped straight into the precautions, telling her to wash her hands with soap, avoid touching her face, to stay at home… the five year old interrupts with a question that left me speechless. ‘Does God still care about us?’ I am used to talking to this girl, sharing Bible lessons and having fun. The questions she often asks include: How is uncle Jack? What are you cooking? What is your favourite colour? So here I was telling my little friend that God really cares, even when the sicknesses and storms come, He is God alone. Then she said ‘so God will take this virus away?’ I told her ‘yes God will take it away. Let us keep asking Him to take it away.’ She was assured and said she will pray until Corona disappears.

 I went to bed thinking through those words, ‘Does God care?’ The disciples asked Jesus the same question in Mark 4:38. Jesus was in the boat asleep while they panicked because of the heavy storm. That was a question of grief. They were afraid the storm would sweep them away, and in the midst of the frustration, they could not believe that Jesus was asleep. How could He afford to sleep? Well Jesus woke up and calmed the storm then asked them, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”  So Jesus did not expect them to be afraid, He was with them. They were to have faith in Him, knowing that even with the raging storms they were safe with Jesus.

For a moment, I thought the little girl made sense, does God really care? Is He still there? But God reminded me that He is not defined by circumstances. He is not wearing a mask, He is not sanitizing, He is not running away. He is bigger than this. We need to have faith: The substance of things hoped for. That is all we need right now. To know that God is with us, and He surely cares. No matter what we see around us, God promised never to leave us nor forsake us. He surely is Jehovah Shammah, our present God. Let us have faith that He will take the virus away. The wind and the waves obey Him. So sicknesses, diseases, pandemics shall obey Him as well.

Today walk in confidence knowing that our God is supreme. All that seem impossible with man is possible with Him. After all you have seen Him do, do you still have no faith?


2 thoughts on ““Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

  1. Great reflection herein, thanks Rawder for sharing.God has surely been ministering to me through the same verse since the beginning of the week, I couldn’t help but to share it as well on my Facebook page.

  2. There is Something for Everyone.
    Rawder you have challenged me to seek God more this time.
    Im optimistic and I know my God wants us to seek Him when He is near.

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