Bible side conversation 6: Jesus calms the storm

David O'Hagan
2 min readNov 21, 2020


Side conversations (or in this case, thoughts) that might have just happened in the Bible.

Credit: Gregory Crofford

Matthew 8:23–27
(With the possible side thoughts in italics)

And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”

Jesus’s eyes blinked open to see grown fishermen gathered round him, trembling.

The mild look of annoyance disappeared as he turned slightly. The heavenly softness of his new memory foam pillow enveloped his weary head.

(He got the pillow at a flash sale on, and the others were immediately jealous.)

While the boat rocked and thrashed side to side, he pondered his humanness (and resulting tiredness), new dumbed-down approaches to teaching these delicate lads, and a couple really good practical joke options.

But the pillow was literally calling his name, so he decided to make this quick so he could get back to his nap.

And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?”

They all stared back at him. Mouths open, but no words. Looks of ‘where’s my mom?!’ in their eyes.

He allowed the pillow to caress his cheek for a moment longer.

Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

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