When the electric chair scares you no more

In the Book of Mark 4:35-41 we find Jesus and His disciples caught up in a violent storm. Most likely Peter is among them. He was such an exuberant member of Jesus’ ministry. They all panic except for Jesus who is asleep.

The anxiety in the disciples is so pronounced that you can feel it in their statement, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

Acts 12:6 paint a different picture. Peter has been arrested and is about to be killed the following day. Despite this, Peter is dead asleep. The man who was at one point outraged at Jesus for sleeping as the storm raged is the same man who is sound asleep on the eve of the day he is to be executed.

This raises a fundamental question: What has really changed from the time of the storm to this very time of persecution?

It appears that a great deal of transformation has taken place. The faithless Peter who would panic at the slightest of the challenges of life has now gone full circle. He is no longer the fearful, anxious, faithless man. He has morphed into a man of faith who can afford to sleep even in the storm – just like Jesus.

No one who walks with Jesus remains the same (Acts 4:13). A palpable change is inevitable. The cowards become bold, the faithless start to wax in faith, the deaf can hear, the dumb can speak, the blind can see and the amateurs become deft.

Keep walking with Jesus of Nazareth. He is the only true highway to a transformed life. His fire pulverises pusillanimousness. The second half of 2018 will only be meaningful if we stick close to the one who sticks closer than a brother.

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