faith-building oceans…

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Can I just say how blessed I am by Hillsong United?!? You know what, this song/video is absolute soul food. If you’re starving for peace… get nourished.

I was just recounting a story to a friend about when my dad first taught me how to duck the waves and not get my body knocked down by the surf. Soon, there seemed no wave too big to duck, because no matter how big, there was always a peaceful place underneath that I could jump into and come out the other side. But that wasn’t all I was out there to do. I had one fin on my foot and I was going to body surf a REAL wave. Then one day it happened… I was out where my feet could not touch, I saw a swell coming and literally panicked. This was the wave I’d been waiting for… I just needed to trust what my dad had told me. This was the wave I was supposed to ride. I remembered everything I had been taught, but my fear took over and I froze staring at this wave growing bigger and bigger. I wish I could say I pulled it together and started swimming with the wave, but I didn’t. That wave crashed right on top of me. At least I could hear my dad’s voice in my head saying, “Don’t fight it. Don’t struggle. Let it tumble you, and you’ll be okay. Boy did it tumble me! The back of my head somehow got pounded into the sand, and I thought I for sure I was going to die. By the time I got washed out, I was a quarter of a mile down the beach (I lived in Baja, and the beach was pretty empty). I looked to try to find our family’s jeep, but just then, my dad popped up from under water. He knew the direction the current would take me, and he was there to pull me out. As we walked back in the sand, my dad did nothing but encourage me. He congratulated me on my raspberries and grit filled scrapes. He never once mentioned that I failed to do the one thing I was out there to do. My dad was such a faithful and trustworthy dad that it was only an hour and a BBQ hamburger later that we were out there again. I learned to ride the waves. I learned that sometimes you wipeout and sometimes you don’t. I learned adventure and to have a healthy fear of the ocean… My dad’s not God, and He can’t be with me everywhere… but he is faithful and trustworthy, and he made me a stronger person. HOW MUCH MORE our Heavenly Father has to offer us… If we will TRUST Him, He will teach us more than we could ever fathom. Life can be fun even in the hardest times, if we trust. We can get real wounds, but they’re just part of the learning experience. I’m in the middle of a wave that has tumbled me and a rip current that is stronger than me… But God is with me. He will never leave me nor forsake me. All it means is I get to experience more, cover more territory, and see more on the journey. Who knows, when I surface from this, on my way walking back up the beach, I may just find a special treasure that I never would have found otherwise. With my dad, we found these incredible shells! They were beautiful!! Made everything worthwhile… not to mention, I had learned a few things.

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior”

Check out the OCEANS LIVE video!Hillsong UNITED – Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

“Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down? Who holds the wind in his fists? Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak? Who has created the whole wide world? What is his name—and his son’s name? Tell me if you know!”
~ Proverbs 30:4 (NKJV)

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