Matthew 8:25-26 And they went and awakened Him, saying, Lord, rescue and preserve us! We are perishing! And He said to them, Why are you timid and afraid, O you of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm (a perfect peaceableness).
Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
As Jesus reminded his fearful disciples during the storm, so he reminds me: "Why are your timid and afraid, O you of little faith?" Why am I timid when my life abounds with blessings and the waters I float on are relatively calm? As Renita J. Weems says in Listening for God, "Why have I been hurled into this inner darkness when from all appearances on the outside things are dazzling and clear? […] Why now? When prayer should be easy, since there is so much to be thankful for, why do I think of ways to avoid doing it?” But spiritual life does not conform to this world and material comforts do not yield strong faith. I love Audrey Assad's meditation on the things that bind us and keep us from intimacy with God. Her sung poetry expresses it better than I can today.