Some of the best lessons I ever learned came from teaching a Sunday School class.

Some of the best lessons I ever learned came from teaching a Sunday School class.

In order to make sure that our group of young adults received a lesson that was worthy of the time they gave up to get out of bed and come to church early, I always tried to have something prepared that was beyond the typical lesson that scratches the surface of Biblical truth.

I hope those lessons had a more lasting effect on the students than they did the teacher, because it seems like many of the words I spoke went out of my mouth and missed my ears.

The past couple of months have been pretty overwhelming. Anytime you start a new job, there are problems, opportunities and learning curves that can all add a little frustration to life.

Add to that, the fun of trying to sell and buy a new home and having to drive about 400 miles round trip to see my family for about 36 hours each weekend before heading back to my new job and it can wear on you.

It was wearing on me.

I felt a little bit like Del Griffith, John Candy’s character in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. He was a shower curtain ring salesman who traveled across the country selling shower curtain rings. I hate to poke a hole in the plot of a great movie, but what volume and margin are we looking at that you could afford to fly a salesman around selling plastic shower curtain rings? But I digress.

The past 10-days I stayed in a hotel in Shawnee one night, with my mother an hour away the next, drove to Kansas the next, back to Shawnee to make an offer on a house, made a round-trip to Kansas and back, stayed with my mother again, then two days in Oklahoma City at a conference, back to my mothers and then to my in-laws for two days.

You might say it feels like being in the middle of the ocean in a boat that was being overtaken by the wind and waves.

It’s funny, I was feeling worn down with a tough week ahead. Then my son came out of his Sunday School class and his little lesson for first graders reminded me of a lesson I once taught but had completely failed to internalize.

He had colored pictures of Jesus teaching a big group of followers on a boat in the middle of a lake. Then he colored a picture of Jesus and the disciples heading to the other side of the lake for a little privacy.

If you know the passage from Mark Chapter 4, when they got out in the middle of the lake, a storm came up and the wind and waves were threatening the small boat.

While the disciples were fearing for their lives, Jesus was asleep in the stern of the boat. He wasn’t asleep because He didn’t care about the storm that was scaring His disciples. The storm wasn’t affecting his disciples because Jesus’s nap caused him to let down his guard and allowed the storm to develop. He was asleep because He knew who He was.

Why is it that we so often forget?

The disciples finally got scared enough that they woke Jesus to ask for help.

“Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” they asked.

Jesus rose from the stern, calmed the storm and then looked at his disciples and said, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They had heard all of his parables and they even got private explanations from him at night after the crowds had gone home.

But they still didn’t realize who He really was. They were learning but they still hadn’t figured it out.

I think we are all somewhere on that learning curve. We let circumstances shake us and we give in to worry and fear when all we really need to do is just keep rowing in the direction we have been told to go.

It is so easy to feel the wind and watch the waves roll over the bow and start to worry that you’re going to drown.

But when you remember that your problems aren’t a surprise to God and aren’t even enough to wake Jesus from a nap, you can move past worry and fear and get back to rowing.

After all, fear never helped anyone make it to the other side.