I am not a swimmer. Fact is, I am deathly afraid of being submerged in large bodies of water. Yeah I know what they say, you should do what you fear. Yeah! Ummm! NO. That so far has been a big fat no for me. Thing is though, I love being around water. I love the ambiance of the waves crashing against the shores. I mediate by large bodies of water because it is the place where I feel God the most. I also feel my family members who have passed on. But you would think because I do love water so much that I would also love to swim in it. Think again. Imagine a riptide.
A riptide is a tide that opposes another or other tides, causing a violent disturbance in the sea. So it is no surprise that I, do not swim. Just had to put out there again.
Many of us live our lives in a riptide fashion. We jump into situations and later realize that the choice in most cases was not the best one. Now we are sucked in, griped, and going in circles. Ask anyone who has experienced a riptide, you will hear the panic as the story unfolds. No doubt it will not be another experience they will not want to come in contact with anytime soon, if ever again. I can second that.
I absolutely know this feeling. Not because I have been in a riptide in its actual state but, because life has happens and I have found myself spinning in circles and unable to gain a grasp. But God.
James 1:2-8 New Living TranslationFaith and Endurance
2 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.
3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.
7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
Of course we get gut punched having the wind knocked out of us. Go ahead and bend but don’t break. Rise up even stronger with more resolve. Press your feet to the ground and square your shoulders. We cannot allow life to take us out. Whatever today brings, rise up. Whatever hurt comes, rise up. Rise up and give it all over to God. God is our comforter. God is our deliverer. God is our sustainer and know this, nothing that happens to you is by chance.