Stanley: Aaaahhhhh!! I’m getting wet!!!
Mr. Mathisen: Oh, come on now Stanley, a little water isn’t going to hurt you.
Stanley: A little water? I’ve got so much water on me I can’t feel my legs anymore!!
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley…you don’t have any legs.
Stanley: (looking down) Oh, yeah…that’s right. (sheepishly) Ha, ha, ha…I guess I got a little excited again, huh?
Mr. Mathisen: Oh look, James is taking the sail down, and they are getting out the oars. Look, they are rowing really, really hard, but…it’s not helping much. We are still getting a lot of water in the boat. Where are the buckets? Maybe we should start bailing.
Stanley: Ooh, ooh, I heard Bartholomew talking about Jesus; he said that He has fallen asleep! What are we going to do? We’re going to sink! We’ll drown! I don’t want to die, I’m too young!!!!!
Mr. Mathisen: Now, now take it easy Stanley. Jesus is still here with us. He cares about us, and He won’t let anything happen to us…remember, Jesus is God, and He can do anything. See! Nathaniel is waking Him up. Let’s listen in…
Nathaniel: “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re about to drown?”
Jesus: (And he came out of his sleep, He looked around, stood up in the boat and gave strong orders to the wind, and said to the sea,) “Peace, be at rest.” (And the wind went down, and there was a great calm. Then Jesus asked his disciples,) “Why were you afraid? Don’t you have any faith?”
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley, did you see that??? It’s amazing! The wind stopped howling, the rain stopped, the waves calmed INSTANTLY!!! All because Jesus told them to.
Stanley: Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow!
Mr. Mathisen: That’s enough Stanley. Look all of the disciples are acting frightened and talking to each other. I heard Thomas say, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him.” Stanley, they don’t understand who He is!
Stanley: You mean they really don’t understand?
Mr. Mathisen: No, they don’t understand how powerful He really is . . . remember, Jesus is God, and He can do anything. God created the whole world. That means absolutely, completely, positively, everything in the universe! Everything! And, He is in charge of everything He created, everything. Well, here we are at the shore. Everyone is getting out, let’s go…
Stanley: That’s a good idea. I need to get back on dry land so that my stomach can settle down like the wind and the waves just did when Jesus spoke to them. Wow! He really can do anything.
Mr. Mathisen: That’s right Stanley…remember, Jesus is God, and He can do anything. Now, why don’t you go and rest in your box?
Stanley: Ok, goodbye boys and girls. See you next time!