The disciples were shocked. Some of them had made their living in the sea, and they understood well the perils that had been so miraculously and suddenly removed. Then "the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!" (Matt. 8:27). What manner of man, indeed!
What manner of man is Christ? Put simply, He is a perfect man. He created this earth, redeemed its inhabitants, and continues to govern it. He who rebuked the winds and calmed the storm on a small vessel in an ancient Palestinian sea has the power to “rebuke the devourer for [our] sakes” (Malachi 3:11). He still has the power to command any storm afflicting any ship or any heart, “Peace, be still” (Mark 4:39). When we come to Him in faith in the midst of our storm, He can offer far more than another helping hand to steady the mainsail through the next gust of wind. His hands, upon which He has engraven us (Isaiah 49:16) will heal us completely, lift us up tenderly, and guide us gently. They will hold storms at abeyance and mold us like clay. They bring us into fellowship, remind us of our debt of gratitude, and enfold us in their welcoming protection. How grateful I am for the majestic power of those humble hands, which I have seen working in my life in ways I cannot deny. I testify of the Lord’s power, which transcends all powers of earth and hell, and of its efficacy in our lives even when we, like the disciples of old, are among those called “ye of little faith.”
“Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not” (Doctrine & Covenants 6:36).
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