A True Resting Place

Julia Downey Davis

READ : Mark 4:35-41

A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But [Jesus] was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. (vv. 37-38)

Popular hotel chains like to detail the comforts of their sleeping accommodations. Superior mattresses, room-darkening window coverings – even exceptional pillows – are supposed to lure us into slipping them our credit cards for a night of luxurious rest.

How intriguing that Jesus slept so peacefully in the stern of a boat that was tossing amidst the waves and taking on water. His disciples found no rest in bailing, crying for help, and struggling for control of the boat. Were they not all in the same storm?

Jesus wasn’t able to rest just because his cushion was so comfortable. It wasn’t the quiet rocking of the boat or the warmth of a sunbeam on his skin that lulled him to sleep. During a storm that appeared out-of-control, Jesus rested in the truth that God is in control. Having peace in our little boats when the storms come depends on living out the heartfelt truth that God is holding on to us at all times. Jesus challenged his disciples – and challenges us – to choose to consistently rest in that truth, rather than panicking every time the weather changes.


Lord of heaven and earth, I rest in your sovereign control.