“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” (Psalm 42:7-8).
We were at a beach the other day quite a distance from here with waves bigger than any at Northport or Heather’s Beach. They were big enough that a group of teens was trying some surfing off to one side. It was a curious thing to watch swimmers venture into the water. I watched kids tiptoe into the cool water the first few feet, then jump over, then lean into and finally dive into the waves, screaming and laughing all the while. But, it wasn’t just the kids. Adults did the very same thing, probably with even more screaming. There is something about big waves and cool water that defies age.
There is also something about water that tugs my thoughts towards things of God. It’s hard to stare into the vast blue and not think beyond myself and marvel at the One beyond. Stepping into the fullness of God through faith in Jesus can be a bit like stepping into the cool water. We may start off tiptoeing a bit, reluctant to let the waves lap above our waist. We’re timid or maybe restrained by other concerns. We can see others around us soaking wet, with huge smiles and squeals of delight but we hesitate to go all in.
The waves are God’s love, transforming our inner bits. The waves are His goodness, washing over us in perfect unpredictable rhythm.
Young and old, teens and seniors can all experience the joy of abandoning caution and diving in. You can stay on the beach or in the shallow water but then you’ll miss out on the experience. And, an adventure with God does not end when the trip is over, it goes on and on.
In conclusion, I was a fool that day at the beach and didn’t put my swimsuit on, but when I saw the rest of my family having a grand old time, I went in with all my clothes. What are you waiting for? Dive in!