The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. – Luke 8:24, NIV
Most of the time, when Jesus was referred to as Master, those addressing Him were calling Him Teacher. In this instance, however, the disciples weren’t thinking of Jesus as Teacher because they were in trouble. Their boat was sinking and they needed an immediate miracle. When they screamed, “Master, Master!” they were not interested in the scientific wonders of lightning storms and the development of lake squalls. In this case, they were calling to the One who was given all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). They were calling on the Master of the universe and the only Hope they had for survival. This Man, who could take the churning waters threatening to consume them, would command, “Peace,” and at that very moment the winds obeyed and stood still. Just as the disciples looked to Jesus as Master, so must we do the same and call on Him, as we approach life and all its storms.
Master: You, oh Lord, are not only my Heavenly Father, you are the Master of my life. Because I have accepted you as my Savior, I look to you as the One who has full control of every situation and circumstance that comes my way. Thank you for calming every storm I face. In Jesus’ name, Amen
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ZUPPA TOSCANA SOUP (crockpot) 1 pound sausage 2 large baking potatoes, sliced in ¼ inch slices 1 large onion, chopped ¼ cup bacon bits (optional) 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 cups kale or Swiss chard, chopped 2 cups chicken broth 1 quart water 1 cup heavy whipping cream Brown sausage in pan over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Place cooked sausage, chicken broth, water, garlic, potatoes, and onion in crockpot. Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours until potatoes are cooked and soft. Turn heat off and add kale. Return lid and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Stir in whipping cream and serve.