Dear one feeling storm-tossed…
This is for you.
“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”
Isn’t that a wondrous quote? Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said that.
You know, I think surfers are a great illustration for kissing the waves. They even paddle out to greet the oncoming wave. Then, they take their stand on their board, and when the wave hits, off they go. They ride it out. But sometimes, they’re overwhelmed by the wave.
Maybe you’ve ridden out that giant wave in your life for a while but were thrown off. And now, maybe your tempest-tossed situation has left you tired of treading the dark waters of rough seas. Maybe you feel like you’re flailing against overwhelming waves of suffering and about to go under.
Oh, dear one, have that same attitude as Spurgeon. To embrace those treacherous waves of the storm that desire to suck you under, for in that turbulence is the presence of the Lord. And oh, to kiss the surging tempest and be thrown against the Rock of Ages.
When we encounter times of turbulence, our hearts are tossed from side to side, rising and falling with each wave of crisis. Do we invite Him into our vessel of circumstance or continue on without Him?
David wrote, “Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He saves them. He calms the storm and stills the waves. What a blessing is that stillness as He brings them safely into harbor!” (Ps. 107:28-30 TLB)
Calm may not always immediately surround us, but it can occupy our hearts. We can rest in God’s peace and be harbored in His safety.
The presence of God in the vessel of your heart and your storm makes all the difference in the quality of your existence.*
Sometimes, the enemy shoots his arrows of doubt into our heart, and we wobble and falter, falling off our surfboard.
When that happens, don’t forget who God is. Do not doubt that He is in control of your storm-tossed life. He is sovereign over every swelling of the waves.
He says to you, “Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” (Is. 41:10 TLB)
The Lord is there to still the roiling waters. He will appear to you in your soul-wrenching situation in the most wondrous way so that your heart will burst with joy and thanksgiving.
Maybe He will rescue you, taking you out of that circumstance. Or He may leave you there. But certainly, He will never leave you alone, for He stands by you, seeing you through it all. For His glory and your benefit.
The Lord says to you, “Take heart. I’m here. With you. I will not let you go under.”
He walks the crest of the waves of life, for He’s still the eternal Water-walker!
Kiss those waves that bear His footprints.
Sink back into His open arms of comfort and rest your tired head upon the breast of His love.
Remain in His presence until you are refreshed and reinforced with the knowledge that your spirit is ready to live out the life He desires for you.
Allow His love to permeate every fiber of your being and be strengthened and encouraged to rise and go out again.
Have you learned to kiss the waves that throw you against the Rock of Ages?
Blessings of kissing the waves…Lynn