There is an event in the ministry of Jesus which is recorded in Matthew, Mark and Luke's account of the gospel.  Let us examine the events from Mark's perspective.


"On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he 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?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:35-41.


In this account we read of the famous "calming of the storm" event.  This is not the only miraculous event that dealt with water.  There was the water into wine of John 2, there is the water from the well in John 4, and there is the walking on water event in John 6.  In this event however, we read that Jesus was in a boat on a lake with his followers when a great storm came and made everyone but Jesus afraid.  It is interesting to note that there seems to an obvious meaning behind this event, and a more subtle application.  


The most obvious application is that Jesus was showing His power over the natural realm by miraculously causing the storm to be calmed.  He did this to confirm His message of preaching and to properly identify Himself as a prophet of God.  But more subtly there seems to be application based on the rebuke He gave.  The rebuke was directed towards the lack of faith that the disciples displayed since they thought they were going to die. 


 If Jesus had identified Himself as being the Messiah, the disciples should have logically reasoned that they could not die on the lake.  They should have been able to deduce that since Jesus was in the boat, and He was not going to die in a storm, they should be safe as well.  But they didn't.  They were afraid, and that fear made them react in a faithless way.  Thus Jesus rebukes their lack of faith, knowing that they should have trusted Him to be there.  


In our lives, as we follow Jesus, we will have storms.  There are going to be problems that we encounter and trials we must endure.  But if we know Jesus is with us, let us have the faith that comforts us.  We should be strong and know that our Lord is in control of all of the storms of our life.