Luke 8:24b, 25 He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
Fear and amazement! This was the response of the disciples to this demonstration of power and authority even though they had already seen Jesus do all manner of healing miracles and deliver many from evil spirits. We’re not talking about healings that only the person who was healed would know if the pain went away. The miracles included those paralyzed, leprosy, withered hands, and demon possessed. Think of the magnitude of the miracles that would attract thousands to pursue Jesus.
They had seen these miracles first hand, yet the disciples were stunned by seeing the storm, the wind and the waves obey Him. Mark uses the word terrified to describe their response and Matthew describes them as being amazed. Somehow this was different for them. Maybe it was the magnitude of what responded. Having life come to paralyzed limbs or wholeness to a withered hand appeared small in comparison to a storm that was threatening their lives immediately becoming calm.
I think of the word wonder. The wonder of seeing and experiencing the miraculous power of God. Have you thought of this aspect of our God recently? Hopefully, you have experiences in your life that left you breathless and in awe of what God had done. In fact just the memory of such experiences can bring goose bumps or tears. Think of the powerful testimonies and answered prayers that you have read and heard and ponder the wonder-working power of our Lord and Savior.
If you don’t have memories of such experiences, ask your Christian friends to share ones that they have or read about them. There are lots of books available that recount inspiring experiences with our God. Also, and most importantly, look to Jesus and ask Him to allow you to experience such wonder and awe. The Christian life is the most wonder-filled life that can be lived. Let us rejoice together because we get to live it.