Monday, June 8, 2015

if something big has come crashing into your life

She demands attention.
I mean, it's not like you can just ignore water that stretches out in front of you for thousands of miles.
She's big - massive, really.
She's loud - requiring you to raise your voice to be heard over her.
She's bright - collecting all the light that reaches down to touch her.

But for all her bigness
and loudness
and brightness,

the ocean is submissive.  She is contained and controlled by her Creator.  Her wild heart beats a steady rhythm that was written before time began.

This morning she comes to me kind and constant.
The same melody of waves I heard as a child surround me now.  I could close my eyes and be transported to any of the dozens of times I have set my eyes and my feet on the shores of the Atlantic.  From my first toddling steps as a child afraid to get sand on my hands, to leading my own children to the beauty and mystery of the coastline, her waters carry my memories...
in and out
in and out.
And even with all her crashing and cresting she reaches out to me with gentleness -
slow,
shallow,
dancing
sheets of glass inviting me to deeper places.
There was a time when I was afraid of her dark depths, but that time has passed.

Now I know that even the deepest and darkest of places are under the authority of God.  I know that  
     they wash through his fingers before they wash over me.

And so my fear is replaced with trust.
My frantic flailing in dark waters and dark seasons has given way to a freedom - a freedom to float.
The hands that formed me, formed every drop of water from the ones that drop softly from the sky to the ones that crash over me.  The waves of the ocean and the waves of this life are under his command - always.

Maybe there is something big and loud and impossible for you to ignore that has come crashing into your life.  Don't let it draw you to a place of fear.  Instead, close your eyes and listen for the familiar rhythm of grace that can not be drowned out.  Submit yourself and your situation to the One who will carry you you gently through the wildest of winds and waves.  And never, ever let go of the hope that
     somewhere in the depths and darkness, 
     a precious hidden treasure of beauty and truth is waiting to rescue you.


Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord?  
You are entirely faithful.
You rule the oceans.
You subdue their storm-tossed waves.
You crushed the great sea monster.
You scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours;
everything in the world is yours—you created it all.  {Psalm 89:8-11}