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We’ve all had those days, weeks, months, or even years, where everything in life seems to be going against you…
The thing is, we are pushing against the tide to reach the unknown seas. We push and push to break through to the life we know is out there but the tide seems to be coming in with such a great force. Some would say to wait until the tide goes back out… I begin to question myself…Have I imagined that there is a better life out in the great blue? Why would I want to leave the sandy beach anyways? It’s comfy, not challenging, and I know that I can survive on it. Hmmm…”surviving” not “thriving.” I hunger for more than the sugary coconuts on the beach…I need the meat of the sea. I need more stability of the sand that blows away with the lightest breath of man…I need the rock that lies amongst the sea. The rock that stands the beating of the waves and becomes a sculpture of beauty from the waves persistence to bring it down.
So I will dive in the tide and make my way out to the unknown sea where there is a rock that will support me through any struggle…be it wind, rain, or hurricane, the rock will stand. Hmmm…but I must be careful, there is slippery, deceptive seaweed upon this solid rock. I must be aware of where I put my hand for a steady hold, for I may slip, fall, and become entangled with this seaweed of deception. This seaweed pulls you into the depths where there is sand yet again…but way below the raging waters. This is a more dangerous and tempting place to be…the Sands of Sleep and the Drunken Waters…where the senses are dulled and lulled to sleep. A few people will awaken from this stupor long enough to look for a hold on something to pull them up. This will be trying for them, but luckily there is a Lifeguard who walks on water.
Have we not all fallen down this slippery slope? Have we not all needed the Lifeguard to reach down His hand and pull us out of the Sands of Sleep and Drunken waters? I have tried climbing the Rock without the Lifeguard’s help and have fallen into the depths below…it wasn’t until I awoke from the stupor long enough for my hand to find the Lifeguard’s. He is now helping me climb the Rock. Do I sometimes lose my grip? Yes, it is because I wasn’t following my Lifeguard’s instruction. He is always guiding me, even if it is in His silence that I am to stay where I am and the storm rages about me. Just think, what if I wasn’t strong enough for the next grip up higher on the Rock when the storms came? I would be washed out. So, even though the storm thrashes at me, I know that God is just strengthening me for the next grip that is higher up.
I’m glad that we have a “Lifeguard” to help us climb and find sure footing on the “Rock” in the storms in life…
I Sea By: Nicole Kent
I must be careful of where I stand For the ground is nothing but fly-away sand I crave the Rock with all its might Brave the world and storms at night Where the winds whistle and the waves rumble Turning this glorious Rock into a masterpiece against the sea’s pummel As I slip on the deceptive seaweed and fall to the depths below Being lulled by the Drunken Waters I see a hand show I am gripped into reality as my Lifeguard pulls me above And am surrounded by His grace and overwhelming love He had warned me of the seaweed upon this mighty Rock But instead I tried to climb my own way and fell under tempting lock Now I know with Whom I stand… On this mighty Rock which couldn’t be reached without the Lifeguard’s hand
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” -Unknown
For awhile, I struggled with the attempts to follow a balanced diet…I “eyeballed” every meal portion but I knew deep down…deep, DEEP down (hidden underneath all those blue corn chips that I ate 😉🌽), that if I followed the Nutritional Balancing program exactly, I would have a higher chance of healing faster…but this was hard for me to discipline myself.
I prayed to God, asking Him for the strength to overcome/stop these cravings that made my unbalanced diet worse. If it wasn’t overeating on meat🍗, then it was grains🍚, if it wasn’t grains 🌽, it was fruit🍎🍋🍐. For some reason I could not balance these foods…there was “a little voice” telling me to do things that would help me overcome my addictions, but what was said would require my action. Ha. That was not what I wanted! I wanted these cravings to just disappear…
After many months, I got tired of gorging myself, getting sick, feeling guilty, then drowning my sorrows by starting this vicious cycle again. I finally decided to change and follow the diet and guess what?! My cravings are dwindling!
The word that has been whispered to me by the “still but small voice” is “will.” What is will? According to Wordnik.com, will is the mental faculty by which one deliberately chooses or decides upon a course of action. Hmmm…I wonder what the Bible says about “will.”
“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matt. 26:41
Is it not the same with sin? Do we not want it to just disappear instead of having to deal with it? To deny oneself and take up our cross? God gave us free choice…are we willing?