If only life was like this beach:
Most of us have:
At least a ripple or two of irritation going on.
Some stones on the path.
Large rocks looming up to obscure our view.
An astute reader may wonder at all the watery references that have slipped into this blog of late.
I have been feeling a bit ‘Out of my Depth’ recently as I seem to be led to speak about the dark, difficult and painful path of life.
Life can feel overwhelming and far from ‘beachy-peachy’ for many of us, especially in this season, as we plaster on a smile to hide our heartache.
When it feels like the whole world is intent on rejoicing and celebrating, we can feel:
The title of this post could also be taken to mean ‘Life’s a bitch’ as it’s considered to be a kinder way of putting it. That may be an apt description of someone’s life right now. Especially when celebrating a new year is the last thing you feel like doing.
Some may be experiencing or remembering literal floods and tsunami. Precious things are lost and life feels very precarious indeed. When life uproots us from our bearings we long for ‘Ordinary’ again and the reassurance it brings. Bring back familiar. Bring back life as we knew it.
As you read the poem below, please bear in mind these words of reassurance:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you..Since you are honoured and precious in my sight, and because I love you..” ~ Isaiah 43:1- 4 (edited version)
“The seas have lifted up, O Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea – the Lord on high is mighty” ~ Psalm 93:3-4
“When I am sinking down, when I am lost at sea
No solace to be found, no ground beneath my feet
I turn to You as I go down, I reach for You through roaring waves
My only hope is in Your arms, my only prayer is that You’d save me.
Cause You make me soar like angels
You let me walk on the water
You let me run with white horses
Jesus, my strength when all is gone
(You are my strength when all is gone)
When I am all alone, no land is in my sight
All others lost from view, and comes the darkening night
I reach for You as I go down, I look to You through roaring waves
My only hope is in Your arms, my only prayer is that You’d save me”
This is a period for recognising that not everyone feels safe, encouraged, blessed or hopeful. Jesus came specifically to heal the broken hearted and restore what was lost:
“..the Lord has anointed me to preach good new to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners..” ~ Isaiah 61:1
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust” ~ Psalm 91:1-2
“When I said, “My foot is slipping”, your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” ~ Psalm 94:18-19
Pause to ponder:
As we begin this New Year,will you allow the tides of life to sweep you up and leave you bruised and battered?
Maybe hide the pain – try to ignore it in some way?
Or will you seek help,support,and the hope and strength that only God can give us?
I’d love you to share your thoughts in the comments below.