reading the bible with my toddler: jesus quiets the storm

Jesus was inside the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The followers went and woke him. They said, “Teacher, don’t you care about us? We are going to drown!”

Jesus stood up and gave a command to the wind and the water. He said, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind stopped, and the lake became calm. He said to his followers, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

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I always thought Jesus was a little snippy with his disciples here. How were they supposed to know he could calm the waves? It’s not, like, a thing that people do, and there was really only one Jesus so it’s not as if they could have known it from someone else. Had he told them? Straight out? Because, let’s be honest, some of his parables can be kind of confusing.

I have a little more sympathy for Jesus now that Atticus has started getting up early again. “Mama, don’t you care about me? I am going to die if I can’t play with trucks right now! Even if it is still dark outside!” It’s not that easy to be nice when desperate and confused people wake you up, especially if they never give you any time to yourself, ahem.

Sidenote: I have tried a lot of things, but do you think yelling, “Quiet! Be still!” will work? I could use five more minutes of sleep.

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  1. brandi

    Whenever Campbell won’t go to sleep and keeps standing up and reaching out of her crib, we just go in and sit on the floor and say, “Campbell. Lay down.” AND SHE DOES. So yeah, I totally think it would work.

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