In the Gospels, Jesus awakes from sleep to rescue his disciples by calming a violent storm with a few words: “Peace! Be still.” His disciples, awestruck, ask “Who is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
The wind and the sea have often been described in feminine terms. Positively speaking, these two elements reflect the graceful undulations of the female form, her ability to gently caress, the calming, soothing quality of the mother’s voice, and the playfulness, deep beauty, and mystery of a woman.
Negatively, both elements reflect the sudden, sometimes violent changes in women’s emotions, the destructive power of an angry woman, the complex and sometimes confused insides of a woman’s mind, and her rebellious, insubordinate, uncontrollable side.
Now, if the God of all Creation can calm a storm of wind and water with words, what effect can His words have on the emotional storms that plague us all, particularly women? Can all the loneliness, despair, guilt, fear, doubt, worry, self-loathing, depression, anxiety and self-destruction that all women endure be calmed by the words of the Master of wind and sea? Just imagine His voice: strong, authoritative, calm, confident, full of love and mercy…
“Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
“Cast your cares upon Me, for I care for you.”
“I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”
“Nothing can separate you from my love.”
“I will supply all your needs according to My riches and glory.”
“Trust Me with all your heart, and do not lean on your understanding. Acknowledge Me in all your ways, and I will direct your paths. ”
All women, and all the men and children who love them, can join the awe of the disciples, saying:
“Who is this, that even the wind and the sea obey HIM?”
Even my wind and sea…