I have always enjoyed corporate logos – the symbols companies use to represent themselves in the mind of the buying public. General Electric uses a circular calligraphic emblem that says “GE.” Chrysler uses a five pointed star. Jaguar, not surprisingly, uses a jaguar. Another very familiar logo is the one used by HMV. It pictures a dog sitting in front of an old fashioned gramophone, peering into its horn-shaped speaker. Beneath the picture are the words: “His master’s voice” (hence the initials in the company name).

The company wants us to conclude that their products so faithfully recreate sound that a dog would recognize its owner’s recorded voice. It would think, “That’s my master!”

That is what is happening when Christ calms the storm. The forces of creation – the wind and the waves – hear Jesus speak. For all their overwhelming and deadly power, they know the Master’s voice.

We can imagine the Sea shouting to the Wind:

“Hey, Wind! Did you hear that?”

“Hear what?” cries the Wind. “I can’t hear anything. I’m making too much noise!”

“Well listen! That voice! I know that voice! That’s the voice that told all us seas to be gathered together into one place and let the dry land appear! That’s the voice that told us to open up and let the children of Israel pass through! That’s the Master’s voice!”

The Wind listens. It hears the voice. “Yes! You’re right! We better settle down!”

“Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’ They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Whatever your storm, remember: Wind and Sea bow the knee to Christ.

Trust in him. And keep rowing.

© 2018 by Dave Perry