I love the ocean. There is just something about it that feels like home to me. I love it because it reminds me of how small I am, but yet God knows every hair on my head. I was a young woman before I ever saw the ocean. I still remember stepping onto the sand with great anticipation and looking out at the horizon as far as I could see. It’s a cool thing to look out knowing there could be someone on the other side looking back. It’s cool to know God made something so big and yet knows me by name. I love the ocean and could go on and on about its diverse meanings to me, it’s symbolism, and how I have had some of my deepest moments of revelation sitting on the sand listening to the ocean roar, but today I want to share a story about the waves, or more accurately the breakers.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that when I’m at the beach I can’t stay out of the water. I often joke and tell my family and friends that long ago the ocean and I made a pact, that when I came to visit I would always come in for a swim. Well, young me didn’t think about visiting the ocean at different times of the year, say like November, so old me has swam in some very cold water. But I really wouldn’t have it any other way. Nothing is quite as soothing as a dip in the salty water, though warm salty water is better than cold salty water.
Well I say all of that to say this. Depending on the time of year and how many storms have been off shore it can be hard to get past the breakers for that nice place where it’s peaceful and you sort of just float along in sync with the waves. Sometimes getting past the breakers is quite daunting and though I am brave, there have been many times that I have turned back. Now my hubby has always been a strong swimmer and is much braver than I am and we have seen waves sets that have even been too much for him. But there is a time and place for everything. A time to stay safe on the shore, but there is also a time to face the breakers. For out there is where you can find that peaceful place where you and the waves move as one.
Life and the things of God can be like the ocean and the waves. There is a time to stay safe on the shore, but there is also a time to face the breakers. A time to face those waves, those problems and hindrances in life coming at you. We need to face them because there is peace on the other side. Sometimes we stay on the shore because it is comfortable, but in reality it is a false safety to stay in our comfort zone, and possibly the very thing that is us holding back. There is safety at the shore but freedom comes past the breakers. Our freedom, our liberties, our very lives lie past this false safety on the shore, they lie past the breakers. They lie where the ocean waves flow by and everything is calm and peaceful in the tranquility of waves of Holy Spirit. In the place where we listen to God and immediately carry out his orders. Where we truly walk in the spirit every day.
So how do we get there?
Sometimes the problem is we need to dive in instead of wade in. Often we wade in or try to go in slowly and then we can’t get past the waves. If we stay in the breakers we will become
exhausted. Fear and unbelief keeps us in the breakers, and instead going out deeper,
eventually we turn back to shore.
So how do we get there? Well, we must let God be in control.
We must hold on to God to go deeper and give up our selves. Sometimes we have to duck and go under the waves. Then we will be in the deeper section where we can hear and move with the spirit. Don’t be afraid. He is with us and we have a life jacket. He is our life jacket.
Yes there is a price to pay and the price is different for us all. But it’s worth it. It’s worth it for freedom. It’s worth it for peace. It’s worth it because we disciple those around us. It’s worth it for the call on our lives. It’s worth it because God is worth our effort. So, the real question becomes will we obey and rise to His call on our lives? When the breakers rise and, and as the waves break with power, will we rise and roar back or just stay safe on the shore?