Last week, my Trusted Assistant and I visited Myrtle Beach, SC for the first time. I knew very little about this area and to my surprise, I exited the airport to a very pleasant day with the palm trees blowing in the wind. We thoroughly enjoyed several days relaxing and viewing the city. It is a do again excursion.
I like to be in ocean water, and we had a wonderful view and sound of the waves from our room. Despite the water and waves looking very aggressive, I knew that the beach would be my destination for at least one day.
Beach day arrived and I suited up in my beachwear. Down we went just to put in our feet. But when I put my feet in, I decided to get my entire body in having come so far. So, there I went full body. As I was leaving, the waves begin to come, and down I went.
So, what did I do? No fear here, I just paid attention and realized that with each wave pushing me, I was moving closer to the shore. I didn’t struggle to get up, I just rested in the water and let the strong waves of water push me to the shore. I was never in danger, I never went under, always safe.
Now, this got me to thinking. How many times have you struggled with waves of problems that look intimidating, too much for you to bear? The reality is it is too much for you. But I’ll use the clichés, it’s just right for God. While you’re trying to figure it out, He’s already worked it out. Put it all in His hands because He can handle it that’s a fact. And an old school song, from the hymnologist, when waves of affliction sweep over the soul and sunlight is hidden from view. If ever you’re tempted to fret or complain, just think of His goodness to you.
When Jesus told Peter to come, he walked on the water. It was only when his attention left Jesus and he focused on the winds and waves did he begin to sink. It did not matter whether there were winds or waves. In the natural, he couldn’t walk on water if the water was still. He paid attention to the wrong thing.
Do you need a little encouragement today about the winds and waves of affliction? Don’t struggle with the waves, let the waves move you. Allow the waves to make you better, not bitter. Don’t look at the waves in fear but trust that the beating water will push you safely to the shoreline.
On a side note, one of the workers at the resort said sometimes the water is Jesus water. It is very still, and it looks like you can walk on it. Next time maybe I will. Seriously.
If waves of trouble are overpowering your life, you need the Savior to get to the seashore. Go here to choose Jesus as your Lord.
Harriet Noel Jones