Jesus so often took to a boat, maybe as an early from of crowd control, or maybe like a taxi of today. In this case he’s been preaching, and it seems he wants to leave the crowd behind, go across the lake and find some quiet. It seems a flotilla goes with him – who must have later turned into another crowd of witnesses. I like the expression,they took him along with them just as he was. Well what does that mean? Without a lifebelt? Or is it a remainder of oral tradition? He must have been tired as he falls asleep in the boat which can’t have been easy. Then the squall blows up and I always thought by nature they could be sudden and short lived. So at first well, I thought that it wasn’t such a dramatic event. The the other versions talk about it being a furious storm (Matthew 8, 23 -7), so it must have been an unusual one – something demonic? So the effect must have been dramatic when it dropped so suddenly. It must have been from fury to calm water in a second. I’m not surprise it scared the living daylights out of them!
Mark Four ;Jesus Calms the Storm
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”