Friday, March 15, 2013

When I Think I'm Going Under

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When I think I'm going under, part the waters, Lord
When I feel the waves around me, calm the sea
When I cry for help, oh, hear me
Lord and hold out Your hand
Touch my life
Still the raging storm in me
~ Part the Waters by Charles F. Brown, 1975 ~

We've all been there.  You and I both know the times when we thought the sea of life's troubles would sweep us right under its raging current.  You might be there right now.  It could be a torrent of medical bills; job loss could be tossing your family about; your child's health concerns may be unrelenting; or like me, you could be enduring one of your child's worst school years ever.

I don't like violent waves.  They are impressive to watch from the safety of a dry, comfortable, enclosed area, but certainly no closer.  Getting bantered about by them accentuates our weakness and naturally brings a fear of not making it out alive.  I choke and flail when these waters are pounding me.  I gasp for life, and I find them so exhausting.

Yet, I know that my lifeguard is the One who walks on water.  With a simple word, He can bring calm.  His rescuing grasp on me is so solid and strong that I never need fear being taken from His hands.  (see John 10:28-29)  What comfort this brings me amidst those wicked waves!  I am blessed to know that though, "all your waves and breakers have swept over me," (Psalm 42:7, NIV) I still have an unshakable hope.  He is there with me.  I don't go alone.  In the end, I will still be found standing.

In those impossible life circumstances that threaten to drown us, God proves anew who He is.  It's times like these when the bank account is empty and home foreclosure seems imminent; when our child's life is at risk and the doctors are baffled; when divorce seems to be the only way out of our frayed and torn marriage; when the school seems to be turning its back on our sad, struggling child; yes, it is at humanly hopeless times like this when the Lord proves the nickname He has awesomely earned in my life, "God of the impossible situation."  

What are you facing now, friend?  Is there anything too big for Him? (see Jeremiah 32:27)  Rest assured that the mighty Creator who spoke the world into existence is with you in those pounding waves and has you by the hand.  He will make himself known to you in these very times if only you look up.  

PRAY:  Jesus, my Rescuer, I cry out to you as I am battered by life's turmoil.  Help me to feel Your comforting grasp today.  Bring to mind all of the times in the past where you have delivered me from impossible circumstances.  And let me rest in the peace of trusting You.

 *Painting:  Our Refuge and Strength by Morgan Weistling

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