Lauren Daigle is an American Contemporary Christian musician and songwriter. In 2018 she put out a song called “You say” which contain the following words from the second verse and the chorus:
The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me.
In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity.
You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
And you say I am held when I am falling short
And when I don’t belong, oh You say I am Yours
And I believe (I)
Oh, I believe (I)
What You say of me (I)
If we read the Book of Job where today’s First Reading is taken from, Job’s faith is tested to the extreme. He loses all his possessions and then loses his family, seven sons and three daughters.
Although none of us would wish to experience what Job went through, the Book of Job reminds us that “storms” are part of the lived human experience. The fear that the disciples had is the same fear we all have
when confronted with a crisis. Examples of this can be facing a serious illness, finding out a terrible truth about one of our relatives or friends, transitioning one job to another, moving from primary school to high school or moving from high school to either work or university. We get married and then have children and can sometimes be fearful that we might not measure up to the responsibilities that these present to us. The question when faced with these things where do we find our worth, our identity? Do we turn towards God asking him for wisdom and understanding? Or are we like the disciples in the Gospel today feeling that we have to face the storms of life alone because we have lost sight of the fact that God is with us?
The Gospel today lets us know that God is always aware of what is happening in our lives, even he seems asleep, unconcerned and uncaring. The Gospel invites us to a deep level of trust in our God. God loves us and is always there for us and will not let us perish no matter what it is we are facing.
The challenge that Jesus put to his disciples is the same challenge presented to us, “where is your faith?’
Fear is a natural feeling when we are faced with life’s challenges. If we give in to fear, it can become the dominant force in our lives, something that God does not want for us. If we seek to find out worth, our identity in a loving relationship with our God, this enables God to help us overcome our fears and face whatever it is we are facing with renewed strength.
As we renew our trust in the Lord, let us pray that our faith may never fail us.