Missing the Bigger Picture

Mark 4:35-41
35 On that day, when evening came, He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side."
36 Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.
37 And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.
38 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 ?"
39 And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.
40 And He said to them, "Why are you afraid ? Do you still have no faith ?"
41 They became very much afraid and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?"

Have you ever been so busy doing what you are really comfortable with, that you miss the bigger picture? The text in Mark above describes just that. Jesus asks His disciples to take Him across the Sea of Galilee. It was a simple request and an easy task for the experienced fishermen in the group of disciples. Most of Jesus' disciples had made their living fishing on the Sea of Galilee for most of their lives. All of their expertise was in fishing and sailing, so when the storm came up they did what they would normally do and fight the wind and waves. Many of them had handled storms like this in the past and were, for the most part, comfortable in the situation.

It was only when they were pushed to their limits they they became worried and woke up Jesus. When they did, they didn't ask for help instead they said "...do You not care that we are about to perish?" 

Wait a minute.............. hadn't they just seen Jesus heal a man with a withered hand? Hadn't they seen Him cast out unclean spirits from people? Hadn't Jesus recently commissioned them, to preach and have authority to cast out demons? You bet He did! So what's with that question from the disciples?

The problem with them was that they weren't focused on Jesus and the bigger picture; instead they were focused on the situation and their (up to now) ability to handle it. It was a natural reaction to their circumstances, but they missed the bigger picture of what God could do through them. Thus Jesus had to remind them again to have faith and that with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27)

Perhaps instead of relying on our own abilities (just like the disciples) to get through the situations we find ourselves in, we should allow God to work through us with our focus on Him and His limitless abilities. We'll be amazed what God has in store for us and what He can do through us.

Matt Schneider

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