Life isn’t a beach but we can be high and dry!

Life isn’t a beach, it’s more like an ocean, with it’s up and down motion. During those exhilarating times when our tide comes in, rich resources come with it, along with the unique challenges that are part of living faithfully in a time of great blessing. But when it ebbs, and it always does, it can leave you high, dry and gasping for breath.

One day not long ago I found myself feeling a lot like a sea urchin, washed into that unfamiliar place, trying to conserve my energy until I could catch a spiritual wave once again. It was one of those times we all go through when any options appeared to be non-existent; every door of possibility felt immovable. The horizon looked dark; no sign of the dawning of a new day. Drowning in self-pity, for a miserable few days I became the victim of my own distorted reality. Warning . . . Satan thrones himself here.

Lies live in darkness–that predawn blackness–because most often they would never survive the Light. And they feed on our feelings. In fact, on some level sin always requires darkness! When I found myself being less than honest with those around me . . . trying to hide from the Lord . . . that was my first clue! Daniel 2:22 He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.

All glory to God, I am no longer in that dark place. Once again He told me that the lies I believed were indeed rooted in a reality that is part of His plan. God doesn’t argue with me when I fixate on my insecurities. He agrees that most of them are not figments of my imagination at all. Yet He quickly confirms that I am the product of His perfection and He does all things well. He who made me also designed my purpose, with every ounce of inability in view. His purpose for my life is never hindered by my inabilities; it is enhanced by them. It is only as I recognize my own inadequacy and fortify myself in His sufficiency that I am made complete. 1 Corinthians 12:9-10 “And he hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. The fact that my strength is found only in Him is part of His design.

Christian, our calling requires that we “walk in the light as He is in the light” (I John 1:7). We have been carefully created, chosen and called out of darkness into his wonderful light. (I Peter 2:9) When we believe the lie, we see only our lack. And that is an incomplete picture!

I pray you and I consistently walk in the light of His wisdom,