Lenten Devotional: March 18 | Mark 4:35-41

Friday, March 18, 2022 | Mark 4:35-41 

Chris Fellows 

In my experience teaching, it is common for students to abandon their hard-won knowledge at the first sign of adversity. Occasionally this will spiral into a loss of trust in their own abilities and the usefulness of my corrections.

When this happens, students are typically embarrassed and afraid. To make things worse, while I can show or tell them what to do, they no longer believe that they are capable or that what I am giving can help them. It is only when they choose to put faith back into our process that they can begin to progress again.

If this happens with earthly knowledge and skills that, while not common, are demonstrated by many people, then how much more difficult is it for us when our spiritual faith is challenged? Jesus has taught the disciples in parables and with detailed explanations, but they are afraid of the storm and turn to Him for help. When He calms the storm, they are afraid of Him. They have forgotten what He has taught, what He has done, and have lost their faith in Him. They remember only fear.

Our faith can grow when we work through this fear and remember to trust God. It is a choice that each of us must make. We can do the work of the Lord, even when it seems impossible to our minds. Or we can turn from what the Lord has shown us, afraid and lost in our own insecurities. This leads to stagnation in our faith and can cause us to lose our way during our spiritual journey. We believe that we are alone, or the troubles of the world will overwhelm us, and our fear becomes all-consuming.

But as the Gospel passage shows us, Jesus is always there, even in the heart of the storm. While He has the power to calm the storm, we only need to trust Him, to let go of our fear and walk beside Him through whatever life throws at us. 

Christopher Fellows is a teacher of ballet and the Korean martial art of Tang So Do. He has been attending Trinity Cathedral since moving to Pittsburgh in 2014 and has served as an Acolyte at the Cathedral since 2015.