Peace, Be Still

I have often thought of the Savior as an 11th hour resource. I have always felt like I could connect with the apostles as they were in the boat on the Sea of Galilee while the Savior slept. I have offered prayers that echo their cries of "Master, carest thou not that we perish?" (Mark 4:38). 

Typically, my thoughts and study would stop as soon as that storm on the Sea of Galilee did, but on closer review, this experience is the beginning of a series of experiences that the Savior had that teach a profound lesson. 

Shortly after the physical elements obey their Lord, the Savior disembarks and comes across a man possessed of a multitude of evil spirits. The evil spirits impelled him to the Lord and he prostrated himself before the Lord. 

The biblical authors share a few of the statements made by the evil spirits through the man such as "What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the Most High God?" (Mark 5:7) Even the evil spirit had to obey and pleaded that the Lord would not torment them before the final judgement. They begged to be released into a herd of swine. The Savior permitted them to go relieving the suffering of the man. 

The swine ran down a steep hill and crashed into the sea. The swine herders ran to the city to tell the people what had happened and the people came to see.  Instead of honoring the Savior, the people prayed that He would leave their land (Mark 5:17). 

After the physical world had shown its complete subjugation to the Lord, the spiritual world did the same. It was the people who rejected the Savior and begged him to depart. Would the Savior need to be my 11th hour resource if my daily walk didn't "pray that he would leave {my} land?"

He who commands the seas and is recognized and obeyed by the demons can calm the storms of our lives and relieve our spiritual anguish if we invite him to tarry with us through our personal discipleship.