The Sea of Galilee is a medium-size lake but it is surrounded by long, narrow valleys that are like wind tunnels funneling the winds into it. When winds arise in these valleys, they sweep into the Sea of Galilee with concentrated force, quickly whipping it into a frenzy. The drama of our Gospel was played out in one of these storms. After having calmed the storm, Jesus turned to his disciples with a rebuke, "Why are you afraid?" He asked. "Have you no faith?" (v40). This is the issue in any kind of crisis: whether we trust God's love and power. As sinful people, we do not possess this kind of faith. In crises, like the disciples we cry out in fear, wondering if we can be confident in God's promises. Jesus uses His power to calm our fears. He gives us faith. Jesus gives us faith through his word, He keeps us from panic. We are not helpless. God is in the storms as well as the calm. No matter what happens, we are in His hands. The disciples began with fear because they lacked faith. They ended with another kind of fear, the consequence of faith. They were filled with awe of Jesus and His power over wind and sea. This is a different kind of fear. We stand in awe and fear of God's being with us, however little we can understand of his workings. The Greek word for fear, phobos, is the root of our word, phobia. In the Gospel for this Sunday, the disciples go through two kinds of fear: first, they are frightened by the storm; and second, they are "filled with awe" of "frightened with a great fear," as the Greek says (v41) because they do not understand who Jesus is that He can still the storm. Later, after the cross and resurrection, a new kind of fear will grip them: the fear of God that goes with faith. This is the fear Luther speaks of in his explanation of the First Commandment: "We are to fear, love, and trust God above anything else.