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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Ocean


Imagine your life is the ocean. Most of your time is spent treading water, trying to keep your head from going under. Storms come and go, but most days you are just struggling to stay afloat.

Now imagine every once and a while someone throws you a life preserver. And for a few brief moments, you cling to that. It's your only moment to rest. Those times are so amazing. The remembrance of those moments help you carry on when you are just treading water.

You know those moments...when you see the hand of God reach down and touch your life or the lives of people you know. For a few hours or days, that wonderful feeling of knowing that He is in control, that He cares about and loves you, lingers on; you know you've witnessed a miracle. Those moments are your life preservers. And on days when you are just treading water, you can remember and treasure those times. They give you a reason to keep going.

And isn't it amazing that most times those life preservers come when you most need them- during a storm, when the water is crashing down, threatening to push you under. When you think you won't survive, He reaches down and shows you that He's still there. He rescues you from the storm.

But for everyone treading water, eventually the time comes when God asks you to give in, to stop fighting life and come to Him, to sink down and rest your head on the ocean floor. And there you'll find true peace and rest with Him.

"In the arms of the ocean, so sweet and so cold,
And all this devotion I never knew at all,
And the crashes are Heaven, for a sinner released,
And the arms of the ocean deliver me.”
- Florence and the Machine, Never Let Me Go

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