In the New Testament we find the story of Jesus and His disciples (the Twelve) caught up in a storm in the middle of the sea (see Mark 4). Jesus, weary from a day of ministry, has fallen to sleep in the back of the boat. The disciples, on the other hand are in search of the one thing that a storm in the middle of the Sea of Galilee will rob them of—calm. When they are finally able to wake Him, with fear in their eyes, hearts, and voices, they convince Jesus of their dire need. With a simple command – “Be still!” – Jesus brings peace upon the whole setting.

Jesus’ words, “Peace! Be still!” were not directed only at the raging waves (that became completely calm at the command), but also to His followers. “Be still!” He says. “Be quiet, I am with you,” He reminds us. This is His special gift to those who believe and follow—Peace. Hear one more promise from the King who came as an infant to be a gift to the world: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)