Sometimes God speaks to us in the times when we least expect it, like when we’re with a group of friends just hanging out. That’s what happened this weekend when we went to the beach with some friends. Even though I thought God may show me something when watching the sunset over the ocean or listening to worship music by the water, the most powerful thing he taught me this weekend was when I was talking to a friend about going in the ocean.
So, I’m more of a stand by the water and let it touch my feet but just watch everyone else actually in the water kind of person. But, one of our friends who was with us is originally from Hawaii and loves being in the ocean so he tried getting me to go out past the waves. At first I just said I didn’t want to and when he said I was scared, I denied it because I didn’t think I was. I mean, I’m not scared of sharks being in there or anything so I assumed I just didn’t like it. But, then he said that I “was afraid of not being in control” and I realized that was actually pretty accurate. I’m the type of person who wants to always be in control of a situation and I don’t like if I don’t feel like I am. When you’re out there in the waves, you’re not in control. If a wave hits you just right, you’re going under and you may not be able to get back up above the surface. However, he then explained to me that when you see a wave coming, if you dive under it, there’s like a place of refuge under the water. He explained it like this, “once you’re under water, beneath the wave, you can just float and relax because it’s calm down there.” This is kind of how life is; when we see a wave – a tough situation – coming at us, we get scared because we don’t have control in the situation. But there’s a place of refuge in life, just like there is in the ocean.
Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
Proverbs 30:5 ESV “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”
Psalm 32:7 ESV “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.”
When we’re walking through the ocean of life and see a wave coming at us, God is where we should take refuge. He is our hiding place, just like beneath the wave is our hiding place in the ocean. However, in order to find that refuge, we need to take a dive into His word, we need to seek Him. As Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” In order to truly find our hiding place, we need to seek Him with all we have. We need to dive into Him, trusting that He will sustain us. We need to “put on the armor of God” like it says in Isaiah 6.
Ephesians 6:10-17 ESV “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
If we dive into our relationship with Christ and we really believe what His Word says, when trouble comes – when the waves are higher than your head – we’re able to know that we’ll be safe beneath the waves in Christ’s arms.
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**All verses are ESV unless otherwise stated.