Monday, June 15, 2015

Standing In the Waves

Sometimes they come in waves - rolling in and over, threatening to knock us off our feet in the backward pull.

We have been standing on the edge of the "sea," struggling to remain upright. Yesterday, after my husband's birthday lunch, we were involved in a car accident. Thankfully we were not badly hurt - just bruised and sore. Our poor car didn't fair nearly as well.

I've lost count of the waves. Yet when I look at them with honest eyes, I see His hand of protection and blessing over and over again. I haven't had the time to process it all, I only know the answers to any "whys" I might hurl at heaven are not the point. He is. We are.

Jesus spoke these words to His disciples shortly before His crucifixion:
 "…The Father is with me. I've told you all this so that trusting Me, you will be unshakeable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I have conquered the world."
 John 16:33

Those words must have made little sense as they witnessed His arrest, trial, torture and crucifixion. Three days later, they made all the sense in the world. Jesus stood before them having conquered death and the grave. All the suffering had purpose. He asks that we trust Him to do the same for us.

Everything that comes to us passes through His hands. I cannot understand the mystery of His will, but I have only to look at the cross to trust all will be well.

"…I have called you by name, you are Mine.
  When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
  When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
  When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up;
  the flames will not consume you."
  Isaiah 43: 1b-2
We are well.