Whether it is low tide or high tide, whether there is a rip current or very little current, and whether the ocean water is very cold from the Labrador Current coming out of the Arctic Ocean or very warm from the Gulf Stream originating at the tip of Florida, one thing about the ocean is constant – while the water ebbs and flows and the tide rises and falls, the ocean keeps crashing onto the shore. The waves, whether big or small, just keeping coming, one right after another.
That is a picture of God’s love. While our lives ebb and flow, and some days life seems calm and the waves are small and other days you find yourself in heavy waves (surfer lingo for big and gnarly waves), you can rest assured that just like the ocean is always the ocean regardless of the water conditions, God is always love. Stand in the ocean and the water will constantly wash over you. Stand in God’s love and it too will always wash over you, wave after wave after wave.
You might be familiar with the Psalm 42, or at least you’ve probably heard the often used first two verses of the psalm – “As the deer pants for water, so my soul pants after you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Where can I go and meet with God.” Those words wonderfully describe how we are to thirst for God, and later on in this same psalm we see God’s unending love and presence in the midst of dangerous waves. Here is what we read in verses 7-8, “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life (NIV).”
Those two verses reference the distress that the author of the psalm suffers but also confesses great hope in God in those times of trouble. So in these next few days leading up to Christmas, regardless of the condition of the ocean you stand in, run in and out of God’s waves of love and let Him refresh you over and over and over again.
New Bern, North Carolina