The ocean was beautifully calm.
Even the normal tug of the receding waves was nearly nil.
My sister and I stood guard over a fearless four-year old
and his older, more timid sister as they waited for a wave big enough to push
them on their boogie boards for the short ride to the shore.
We stood with our feet firmly planted.
It was easy.
There was no fighting to stand
and no constant fear of a little one being tugged under.
Life was good.
a strong wave hit.
Our fearless four-year old was knocked into the salty water.
We had a good laugh at how it caught him so unaware,
but we also commented on how it reminded us of life.
Life is going along just fine.
The sun is shining.
The clouds are puffy.
Everything’s coming up roses!
An unexpected “wave” knocks our feet out from under us.
The diagnosis isn’t what we’d hoped to hear.
The pink slip was in with the last paycheck.
Your spouse decides he/she no longer wants to be married.
The love of your life slips into eternity.
You absolutely didn’t see it coming.
Of course, life was so good you really weren’t paying much attention to the gathering clouds.
So you taste the “salty” water of despair.
How will we cope?
What will we do?
Where will this lead?
The questions are endless.
The future looks so uncertain.
Life is definitely uncertain.
But God is always certain!
We can trust every single one of His promises.
We can cling to Him when all else falls apart.
But we need to be “firmly planted” in Him and His Word
BEFORE the unexpected hits.
It doesn’t change the circumstances,
but I assure you,
it does change your response to those circumstances.
Knowing that the God of the universe is in control brings an unexplainable peace.
Knowing that He has a plan and it is for your good brings inexpressible joy.
Yes, it still hurts.
Yes, you still have questions.
Yes, you might even be afraid.
But you are never alone!
Thankfully, none of us know what tomorrow will bring
but we can be firmly planted to weather whatever it may be.
“Everyone then who hears these words of Mine and does them
will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house,
but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
Thank you, Father, that Your Son Jesus Christ is our Rock in whom we can
be firmly planted. Thank You for Your Word that breathes life into
us as we soak it up into our hearts and minds.
And thank You that You never leave us nor forsake us,
even when the days are the darkest.
You are our Light, our Joy,our Peace.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lots of love, Sharon