Don’t wonder if the waves will come crashing. Instead, secure your position in the rock.
I accepted Christ around the age of 22 and there is one scene early in my Christian life that I vividly remember. My husband and I had traveled to Mississippi and visited a beach on the Gulf Coast. The waves were strong on this particular day and it was fun to try and stand upright as they crashed over my body, though I was tossed in every direction. Between each wave, I got back up to try standing again. If I positioned my feet just right, lowered my body a bit, and dug my heels deep into the sand I was able to stand firm. I distinctly remember thinking of the scripture in Ephesians 4:14:
that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting.,
Ok, maybe I did not have it memorized word for word, but the Lord was clearly speaking to me through this experience. My thought, as a new believer standing in the waves, was this:
“I am going to need a LOT of the Word of God, if I am going to be able to stand”.
In that instant, I knew that I would become a consumer of Scripture. There was a knowing deep inside of me that the Bible needed to become just as important as my next meal, that without God’s word I would never survive.
Fast forward almost two decades, there was no way a 25-year-old Nicki could have ever known the magnitude of this Gulf Coast Lesson. I would never have imagined the enormous waves of life coming my way. Waves that brought: sickness, marriage issues, hurt from people, unexpected trials in raising children… You know, because many of you have experienced the way life seems to blindside and slap us right in the face.
Therefore don’t wonder if the waves will ever come crashing because the chances are pretty high that they will. Instead, secure your position in the rock.
I only stand through the waves because God’s Word is hidden so deep in my heart and it has anchored my feet into a solid and immovable rock! Notice, I did not say anything about standing strong. This is because it does not always feel as if we are strong, in fact, it sometimes feels as if we are slipping off the edge of the rock and into utter chaos. When you feel like you are holding on by a thread, then just do that. Don’t try to be strong, don’t try to fight, just hold on to that thread. God is faithful during these times and the waves of life will not take you under.
Scripture says it like this:
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist... Ephesians 6:13-14, NIV
One of the translations for the word stand is “hold up”. Therefore, when we have done everything that we know to do but it still feels like the waves are going to take us under — simply hold up. Just stand for one more day, one more week, one more hour…
When our emotions are running wild and nothing makes sense the belt of truth holds everything firmly in place, we can trust that it will not break under any amount of pressure.
May your feet be firmly anchored in the Rock of your salvation today.