The Calm Within


When there is a storm at sea, the surface is where it is felt. Far below, the water currents move silently, slowly, untouched by outer weather.

The disciples become frightened at the storm on the lake. They focus more on the waves outside of the boat, than on the One who is in the boat with them. The surface of their souls is tossed back and forth; they forget that deep inside their beings there already is a great calm.

Renew the gift of your life to Jesus. The Lord lives inside you. While he may be “asleep” to your situation that is tossing and turning you about, he is there. Go to that place of calm and cling to Jesus.

Mark 4:35-41


This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
We are reading from the Gospel of Mark until the First Sunday in Advent.

For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting Firestarters from the original version of The Bible Through the Seasons. 

3 thoughts on “The Calm Within

  1. I compare our church to that small boat being tossed about in a storm, and like the disciples, we’ve been frightened.  Silence, be still!  Jesus is in the boat with us. We have calm. We are at peace.

    “Don’t tell God how Big your storm is, tell the Storm how Big your God is”

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  2. Yes, Lord, I’m listening, I’m listening! I’ve been away from BTS for a little while. The last day I commented on was June 15. The reading was Mark 4:26-41. I came back today. The reading is Mark 4: 35-41.

    Just as I am. My heavenly Father takes me just as I am. While there were a few readings missing in the middle, He brought me back right to where I was, right where I belong. He brought me right back with an overwhelming sense of acceptance.

    God asleep to my situation? No, not ever. It is me who is sometimes asleep to my God.

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  3. I find that your changing perspective as you often do, Joy, helps to see the meaning of the Gospel in new light.

    Thanks for sharing what today’s Gospel means for you, Marilyn. You are a light on the boat!

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