Luke 8: 23-24

“As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm.”

I absolutely love naps! There is something about being able to take a nap that recharges my body and my spirit. They are simply wonderful! What makes them even better is knowing that Jesus took naps too. So if I want to be more like Him I should nap, right? Well, that’s not exactly how it works, but there is a lot we can learn from one story in the Bible where Jesus is taking a nap.

Jesus and his friends are on a boat when all of a sudden a storm hits out of nowhere. The waves are so big they are covering the boat and all the passengers are worried. However, Jesus is still fast asleep! When I think about this story I wonder why Jesus keeps on napping. Is it because He was just really tired and He is a deep sleeper? Maybe, but Jesus did everything with purpose, so I think it was more than that. Jesus trusted in the power of the Father. He knew that the storm they were facing was nothing in comparison to the authority He had over the earth. He also knew that His friends still had a lot to learn about trusting in God’s power and love. Jesus was so secure in the plan God had for his life that he was able to sleep peacefully in the midst of the storm.

Two chapters before this story, in Luke 6:46-49, Jesus is talking about wise and foolish builders. The wise build their house on a rock and the foolish build it on sand. When the storms come, the foolish builder’s house is swept away but the wise builder’s house stays strong. The storm still hits both houses. Jesus does not say that if we trust him with our lives the storms won’t come. However, He does say that He will be with us always. This story of Jesus napping is no exception. In fact, I read it more as an invitation to pull up a cushion and take a nap.

When life gets hard and the storms seem to rock you unexpectedly, curl up next to Jesus. God is not ignoring your problems, he is simply inviting you into the peace only he can provide in the midst of chaos. Would you rather be freaking out over the storms or resting in the arms of the One who has the power to calm them with His voice?

QUESTION 1. What storms in your life are you experiencing right now?
QUESTION 2. What is your response to those storms?
CHALLENGE: Take a nap today. Trust that God is with you in the midst of your chaos and let him fill you with his peace and rest.
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