There are seasons in our life when it feels as if the world is literally pushing down on our shoulders. Sometimes it’s because of our own decisions and sometimes it’s just life but either way at those times we don’t feel as if we are going to make it. When we don’t know how to pray or what to pray. Those are the times when we don’t need condemnation or judgment. Those are the times when we need to lean on the prayers and strength of others. God’s word says that we are to bear each others burdens; not pick up rocks with the intention to harm. Be that helping hand when someone is down because your turn might be next.
For I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. (Philippians 1:19 NIV)
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:18 NIV)
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Timothy 2:1-2 NIV)
Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. (Luke 22:32 NIV)
I recently had the opportunity to walk along the beach and as the sand was going through my toes I looked out at the water and became overwhelmed with the enormity of God’s power. Looking out on the water and not being able to see the end I felt so small and humbled thinking about how endless Gods grace and mercy is toward us.
When I was walking on the beach there were times when I was close to the water but I wasn’t in the water. There were other times when I was in the water but just barely. And there were times when I was surrounded by the water.
For me I equate that with my ebbs and flows with God. When I was close to the water I had to intentionally move toward the water. When I feel distant from God I need to intentionally move toward Him. When I was barely in the water I felt it move over my feet and it was enough but it wasn’t all that it could be. Just like with God it’s enough to attend church and read a bible plan each morning on my phone but it never goes deeper. When I went deeper in the water and allowed it to wash over more than just my feet it was exhilarating. It was a little scary but I always wanted more. By allowing God to wash His presence over me so much happens in my life and I always want more.
Why don’t I stay in the waves? Why is it easier to stay in the sand and allow bits and pieces of God to wash over me? There is so much more to learn about how much God loves us and how awesome it is to live in His grace & mercy. I am truly grateful to have the chance to see His beauty up close.
So where are you? Are you close but not in the water? Are you in the water but just barely? Or are you in the waves?
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 KJV)
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:17 NKJV)
Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. (1 Peter 4:16 NKJV)
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. (Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV)
For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth”. (1 Peter 2:20-22 NKJV)
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. (1 John 2:6 NKJV)