Written By Angelique Geeringh
Have you ever taken the time to stroll along the beach and watch the waves gently lap onto the shore? There is really nothing more soothing: on a clear, warm, summer morning, walking along the beach, hearing the gentle roar of the ocean as the waves come in and go out in an unchanging rhythm.
It is truly amazing that the waves know exactly where their boundary line is. God tells us all about this in Jeremiah 5:22b (NIV).
“I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it.”
But, sometimes there will be a storm and then those soothing waves are replaced by angry, menacing waves that seem intent on crushing everything in their path.
The different waves are an apt metaphor for life. There are times when life goes smoothly. We feel the blessing of the early morning sunshine and all seems well. Life moves in a gentle rhythm; backward and forwards. And then there are times when we face dark skies, black clouds, and huge waves; all appearing to be intent on overwhelming us.
In both the good times and the bad times, we need to stand firm in our faith and the Word of God. A reminder of this is found in Isaiah 43:2 (NIV).
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.”
In this scripture we find courage in that we are not alone; God will not leave us, and he promises us that we will see the sun and the beautiful rainbow after the storm.