Life is messy. Whether its facing the consequences of your own bad decisions or you’re the recipient of unfortunate circumstances, life can sometimes be brutal.
Every summer, I go to Sunset Beach, NC for a vacation with my family. It’s the perfect time to escape the chaos of life and enjoy the sand, the water, and good times with the family. Although most of my beach memories are some of my favorite memories, there is one that I think of often.
One summer, my twin brother (Ben) and I became friends with a neighbor named Chase. Chase was a blonde-headed kid who introduced my brother and I skim boarding (similar to surfing but on just a few inches of water so the falls hurt much worse). That summer, I went out swimming with Chase when the water became extremely choppy. The current grew stronger and the waves higher. Wave after wave, I remember feeling as if I was beginning to drown. My strength was no match for the waves around me. The waves eventually pushed me closer to the shore so that I could stand on my own ability and get out of the water.
Have you experienced something similar in life? At every turn, you find yourself overwhelmed by the obstacles you’re facing. A relationship that is strained, at best. Living paycheck to paycheck, never seeming to get ahead. An addiction that you can’t seem to overcome.
Whatever the wave that is crashing down on you, I want you to know that there is hope. God sometimes takes us into troubled waters not to drown us, but to cleanse us. You don’t have fear the waves when your faith is in the One who walks on water. Isaiah 43:2-3 reminds us,
“When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God”