I was thinking the other day of when my husband surprised me with a trip to Hawaii for our 20th wedding anniversary. The ocean was so warm, clear and beautiful. I was not familiar with swimming in the ocean as we had a pool and as a child I swam in a river. I was not used to waves! I didn’t know the “rules” when dealing with them.
One day we were in the ocean, and a big wave caught me by surprise. Rule number 1 – never turn your back on the wave! It took me with force right up on the shore. I was covered in sand – my face – everything. From that time on my husband taught me how to deal with waves and how to handle them, but he also held onto my arms with his hands so that I would feel secure. You see, if he just held my hands, I could lose my grip and let go. In holding my arms, it didn’t matter if I didn’t have the strength to stand up to the waves, he still had a firm grip on me. The waves could not pull me away. No more body surfing! I felt safe.
That’s how the Lord holds onto us. Even if our strength becomes weak, he has a firm grip on us and won’t let us go. When the waves of life come crashing down on us, we are comforted, knowing that He’s got us, safe and secure in Him. We may let go – but it doesn’t matter because He’s holding us by the arm and He won’t let go.
Have safe and blessed summer!
PS I will be speaking on July 30th from 11 AM – 2 PM in Branchville, NJ for Aglow International in Sussex County. For more information, go to AglowNJNA@gmail.com or call 973-978-7044