A Fall Into the Ocean

“Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your waterfalls; all Your waves and breakers have swept over me.” 

Psalm 42:7

 My husband and I recently had a chance to take a beach vacation with some of the family. We couldn’t have asked for better weather and everyone had a great time. Upon returning home, my sister asked her 3-year-old granddaughter about her favorite time during vacation. She responded that her favorite day was when she and Aunt Becky fell into the ocean.

Of course that answer made me smile. To be selected as a highlight of her vacation is truly an honor. The event was somewhat dramatic as a wave knocked us off balance while we were wading in the surf, throwing both of us to the ocean floor with quite a force.

Her answer caused me to ponder the Bethel song “You Make Me Brave.” Here are the lyrics:

You make me brave, You make me brave.

You call me out beyond the shore into the waves.

You make me brave, You make me brave.

No fear can hinder now the promises You make.

As my little niece inched us further and further out into the ocean that day, she was willing to take a risk because Aunt Becky was holding her hand. Little did she know that we both would be knocked down by the force of the water. I love her spunk. Even though the adventure ended in an upset, we recovered and went on to enjoy the day. And it did not prevent her from trying again to enter the waves.

There are times in life that are scary. Sometimes we are inclined to sit in our easy chairs and avoid taking a risk. But God calls us out beyond the shore and into the waters. We take the risk of being knocked down, but He is always there to pick us up. And He will be there again and again, just as I would have gladly pulled my little niece out of the water time and again, no matter how many times she fell. With Him by our side, we can be brave.

In the same way, the Lord will pick us up when we fall. He will not leave our side. He is our constant companion. Those waves had to look pretty big to my little niece, but she made the decision to go for it. Don’t be afraid to take that risk, even if it is inch by inch. What have you got to lose? Refuse to live in the ‘comfort zone.’ Yes, you may fall down and yes, it might hurt. Know that He will pick you up a thousand times — and counting! Besides, once you are on solid ground again, you may call it one of your best days! Thank you for reading! You can read more blog articles here.

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