Mr. Jones, the owner of a small farm on the coast, advertised for a hired hand. But people were hesitant about working on farms in the area out of fear of the terribly destructive storms that so often threatened buildings, crops and the lives of both people and animals. Consequently, the farmer found it almost impossible to hire anyone to help him with the work.
Finally, a man past middle age applied for the job. The farmer was hesitant due to his age, but he was also desperate for help — any help! After discussing at length the duties he would be responsible for, Mr. Jones was still unsure. He didn’t know what else to say, and was about to tell him he couldn’t use him. However, his wife, who had been listening to the interview, quietly asked the job seeker, "Are you a good worker?" He answered, "Well, I can sleep when the wind blows." Puzzled, the farmer finally decided to hire him, in spite of his uncertainty.
One night the wind literally howled in from offshore, bringing with it a torrent of rain that was sure to ruin the newly harvested and stacked hay. The farmer shook the new man, yelling for him to “get up!” The little man just rolled over and calmly replied, "I told you that I can sleep when the wind blows!"
The fearful farmer, enraged at the seeming incompetence of his newly hired man, left him and rushed outside, thinking to save as much as possible. Astonishingly, he found all the haystacks covered, the animals under cover and the doors and shutters firmly secured. Everything was prepared and ready for the eventuality of a storm. Weak with relief, there was nothing left for the farmer to do except go back to sleep himself! The new man was able to sleep confidently because he had prepared for the storm.
At this point, it’s almost impossible for the Bible student to not be reminded of the great storm that caught Jesus and some of his disciples as they were crossing the Sea of Galilee. (See Mark 4:35-41.) The violence of the wind and waves had begun to fill the boat with water; it was literally about to sink. But Jesus was asleep on a cushion in the back of the boat! The disciples were terror-stricken and woke Jesus, accusing him of not caring whether they lived or died. Rebuking the storm and calming the sea with a divine command, Jesus chided his companions about their unreasoning fear and lack of faith.
When we're prepared — mentally, physically and, above all, spiritually — we don’t have to fear. Rather, we can live in faith and confidence, secure in God and his power.
Can you sleep when the wind blows?