“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you …” Isaiah 43:2
I read somewhere that shallow waters are noisy and deep waters are silent. Sitting on a beach listening to the sound of the ocean waves crashing against the shore is a meditative holy moment for me. Wading into the deeper water, the silence expands, the view of the horizon shortens, and the waves undulate in their rhythm building from silence to powerful loud crashing water pulling the earth back into the sea.
There is a mighty power in that water. The continual crashing of waves can be deafening at times. As wave after wave crashes onto the sands, the relentless pounding rearranges each grain of sand over and over again. Just like the relentless crashing of the ocean’s waves, God pours out his love for us. Whether we are near or far from him, his love for us never ceases.
Sometimes, God feels near to me and other times he feels far away. When I am in deep waters, I am reminded that God calls out to me on deeper level. He reaches into my very soul. His love is directed into those deep places within me that need it the most. When my soul is parched and weary, when I feel I cannot go on, his waves pick me up and carry me toward the shore.
Can you hear the ocean waves? Will you let God pour that unending love over you? Sometimes, we need to step away to a place where we can hear God reaching out to us. One of those special places for me is the ocean shore.
May the crashing waves of God’s love knock you over and submerge you and carry you away.
Will you let God love you like that today?
Music: “Deep Waters” from “Nightfall” Jimmy Haslip and Joe Vannelli
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