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Is Jesus Asleep in Your Storms of Life?

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Do you ever experience times in your life where you wonder if God sees what you’re going through? Does it feel as though you are out there in the midst of a great tempest and Jesus doesn’t care? You’re not alone. There were some men who felt that way once. Learn how you can find Jesus watching over you in the storms of life even when you feel He’s asleep in the boat!

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Republished and updated from January 2, 2020

Jesus Asleep In a Great Storm

In Mark 4:36-38 we read:

After leaving the crowd, they take Him along in the boat, just as He was. And other boats were with Him. A great windstorm arises, and the waves were rushing into the boat. The boat was beginning to fill up. But Yeshua was in the back of the boat, sleeping on a pillow. They wake Him up and say to Him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are perishing?”

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Have you experienced moments like that?

Several of these men were fisherman. They were no strangers to storms.

The boat was obscured by these waves. So it is likely no one would be able to sleep through this storm. These experienced fisherman were scared! The water was apparently pouring into the boat.

But Jesus slept.

Jesus was asleep in the boat while it flooded with wind and waves!

Storms of Life – Don’t You Care?

I can only imagine the disciples wondered that as they looked upon the sleeping Messiah.

“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

Mark goes on to tell us:

“So He woke up and rebuked the wind. And He said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind stopped, and it became totally calm.” 

Mark 4:39 tlv

Have you ever felt like the disciples?

Have you been in the midst of the storms of life and wondered “Jesus, do you not care that I am going through this?” I certainly have. I have had moments when I cried out, screamed out even, ‘don’t you care?’

Because you don’t seem to hear an answer, you feel like your prayers aren’t being heard. You wonder, ‘am I in this alone?’.

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Peace! Be Still!

Then the time comes when the storms of life stop raging. Jesus speaks to your situation and says ‘Peace! Be still!’

And like the winds and waves stopped immediately at His command, you will experience that calm in your own life.

But Jesus said something else. He rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith.

Even though the Messiah was with them, they believed they would perish. They believed He would let the storm overtake them.

And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Even now you have no faith?”

Mark 4:40 TLV

Even now, even after walking with me, after seeing what I have done, after knowing who I am you have no faith? Wow! How that must have stung. It stings me when I think about it in terms of my own life.

They saw Him do miracles. He healed the sick. Gave sight to the blind. Cast out demons. Yet somehow they feared the storm with Him right there in the boat.

Yet we do the same don’t we? His Spirit is with us and yet we fear the storms of life.

Much like Peter when He walked on the waves to Jesus and took His eyes off His Messiah and put them onto his situation, we lose sight of who is there with us!

I have seen Him work in my life time and time again, seen Him answer prayers I forgot I even prayed (oh but He never forgets), and yet when the waves kick up I still cry out!

How to Keep Your Faith in God While Overcoming the Storms of Life

1. Read and Study the Bible –
One way you can go about keeping your faith while overcoming the storms that rage is by reading the Word and studying it as well. Read the Word like a love letter and study it like a manual for living because it is both of those things.

You should take the time to just sit and read and see what Adonai has to speak to you but then you should also study it, commit verses to memory, look up other verses that are on similar topics and so on.

You can use the SOAP Bible Study Method to help you get started!

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2. Prayer
Prayer is the next key to overcoming the storms of life! Having a rich prayer life will help you lean into God’s grace in times of need. Spend time regularly speaking to the Lord and sharing your hopes and fears with Him.

If you are not sure how to pray, you can learn to pray confidently with the ACTS Method of Prayer.

Create a war room where you can come away from everything and just be with the Lord. This can be a room or it can be a corner of a room! Some people literally create a prayer closet!

To help build your prayer life and create a War Room anywhere you are, I recommend Warrior Women: Creating a Custom War Binder for a Powerful Prayer Life

I use this in my own life and it helps me tremendously!


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Bible Verses to Give You Peace for Overcoming the Storms of Life

2 Timothy 1:7

for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. ESV

Isaiah 40:31

...but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. ESV

Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. NIV

Luke 12:22

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. NIV

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. NKJV

Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord,And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. NKJV

Psalm 91:1-2

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most HighShall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;My God, in Him I will trust.” NKJV

Psalm 91: 9-13

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;  For He shall give His angels charge over you,To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up,Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. NKJV

Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. NIV

Matthew 11:28-30

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. NIV


Overcoming the Storms of Life – My Storm

As I write this (or maybe it is WHY I write this) I am going through more health concerns.

For those who don’t know me, I had a stroke in June of 2019 at the age of 53. God did miraculous things and I made a full recovery in a matter of weeks not months!

But then I found out I had severe spinal issues, one of which had me hauled into surgery right away.

I’d love to tell you that everything went great but it didn’t. I am sure my surgical site is fine but my back has more issues that just that and the surgery may have made things worse in other places.

I have been bed-ridden mostly since September. It is most definitely a storm for me.

But my community of friends, congregation family, my followers, have all rallied around me and prayed for me and encouraged me in overcoming these very real storms of life that seem to have flooded in recently. And that encouragement includes all of you!

I have received emails and social media messages and it has blessed me more than you know! And now I am in another period of struggle with hypertension and potential kidney issues. But I am resting in this period and trusting Him. I am attending Messianic Seminary and working on new content for my email subscribers to help them learn and grow along with me.

I know Jesus knows the storm around me and I know He’s got it. So He can continue to sleep because I trust Him to allow me to work out my faith! His sleep is an opportunity for me to trust and exercise that faith.

His sleep serves as a reminder that if He is not worried about the storm around me, why should I be?

Jesus is not scared by your storm! Overcoming the storms of life means I have to stand on His Word and not my feelings. Jesus asleep should not concern me, and it should not concern you either!

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Do You Feel Jesus Was Asleep in the Boat in Your Storm? – Your Story

In what ways have you drawn your strength from the Word or from prayer that help you while overcoming the storms of life? Please share them in the comments so we can encourage one another!

We would love to learn about your experience and your story! While I love encouraging my readers, I love seeing us come together as a community to help one another.


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Tree of Life (TLV) – Scripture taken from the Holy Scriptures, Tree of Life Version*. Copyright © 2014,2016 by the Tree of Life Bible Society.  Used by permission of the Tree of Life Bible Society.

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6 Comments

  1. Thank you for the update on YOU. I think and pray for you often. I have no doubt God is working in your life. I’m so sorry you are bedridden.

    This week I have been down and out with an illness. (Just the flu, nothing serious) I admit I have grumbled a bit and wondered why God allowed such a thing as I had lots to accomplish this week.

    But in the slowness, some surprising truths have come out, and I see God is working. Your post reminded me of that.

    Thank you!

    1. First, thank you so much for your prayers! That means so much to me! Second, I am so sorry to hear you’ve been ill and I am praying for a speedy recovery! I am happy that in the midst of you not being well you got a little encouragement from the post!! Thank you so much!!

  2. I am so glad to be reassured, Diane, that He is never truly asleep during our trials. Even when I cannot feel His presence, even when I cannot see Him working, He is always attentive to our cries for deliverance. I wonder, in this trial, if deliverance is what we really want or need? Maybe He’s doing something so big we cannot comprehend its magnitude? Thank you for these encouraging thoughts!

    Pinned.

    Thank you for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

  3. Thank you Diane for your article, I came here just searching about articles on Jesus and sleeping in the storm.
    I was praying and the thought dropped in my mind that can we get to the point where we are also asleep with Jesus in the storm that we are totally oblivious to the storm going on all around us such that we get to the other side without ruffles. Take the story of Prophet Jonah as an example as well?

    1. Yes we can certainly sleep in the storm with Him as we learn to trust. Jonah I think is more an example of his disobedience to the instruction of God but I certainly think that Jonah got to that point during that time. He learned in that experience.