Fearful and amazed are not two words we usually put together. In this case, phobeō, When that storm stopped and calm descended, the disciples recognized they were in the presence of Someone they did not understand. Jesus was more than they thought. He was greater than they had realized. He had more power than they had imagined.
thaumazō The disciples had been in the constant presence of Jesus for quite some time. They had seen Him cast out demons, heal the sick, and raise the dead. They had listened to countless sermons. Despite their familiarity with Jesus, they had not quite grasped His power nor the extent of it until that exciting boat ride. When that wind stopped blowing, they knew He was much more than an entertaining preacher.
We are so much like those disciples, aren't we? After years of church services and Bible studies, mission trips and good deeds, we sometimes think our Lord is limited to our routine, but He is not. Perhaps we need a little "excitement in the boat" to remind us of Who Jesus is and the power He has. It is one of the benefits of adversity. It gives us a fresh opportunity to see God at work, and provides us with a little phobeō thaumazō
The terrorist prayer focus this week is Hamas. Pray that they will begin to value life, that their efforts at terror will not prosper, and that their social welfare programs will be more important to them than their costly efforts at destruction. Pray for the kind of Damascus road experience that turned a Saul into a Paul.