Life / Pursuing Wisdom / Theology / May 17, 2013

Point to the one with power

From my weekly article at

I am a fixer. I have a knack for seeing problems and coming to a quick and ready solution. I enjoy puzzles and love an intellectual challenge. It is the way my mind works. This is an asset at work and a benefit in crises. But it is not very helpful in relationships. People aren’t problems to be fixed, and, in fact, when they have emotional or spiritual problems very rarely can another person fix them. That puzzle-solving intellect is of no use. Yet so often I still try.

Recently, though, I heard the familiar account of Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee. It’s so familiar it usually fails to engage my attention, but this time I heard something I never noticed before. When Jesus is awakened in the boat during the storm, and His disciples are crying for help, He asks them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” And it is what He does next that so captured me: He simply calms the storm.

It’s what he doesn’t do that also grabbed me. 

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