Grace Abounds in Deepest Waters

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Early last summer (2015), our family took a little trip to the Texas Gulf Coast.  Over the summer, our daughter, Leanna and I found ourselves frequently singing the song “Oceans” by Hillsongs. It had become a “go to” song of faith and encouragement to us.  During special times of worship the Lord used the song “Oceans” over and over to refresh our souls, like waves billowing over us.

There was something so special about that trip. We arrived on a Friday evening. The sky was spectacular!  A powerful strong wind was about to blow in a storm and we were beside ourselves with joy at the beauty that God had created for us to experience. The next day, was bright and sunny. We enjoyed “surfing” and, karate chopping the waves and sometimes swimming under them and letting them roll over us.  The day we set off on the trip we were given some advice by our friend; Pastor Scott that “if the current starts to pull you further and further out, just swim parallel to the shore and eventually you’ll pass that undercurrent and be on your way back to shore.”   That sounded easy enough. We felt confident in our abilities to follow that word of wisdom. Our sense of adventure was rising as we kept inching out toward the sea… only to find that seconds later, my daughter and I were in over our heads. The current was pulling us out into the deep and I was losing my strength to tread water! My daughter was confident, fearless and quite determined but when I realized in those brief few seconds the potential danger we were in, I felt helpless, because no matter how hard I tried to swim parallel and find the current that would take me ashore, the waves would crash over me dragging me under again.  I cried out to God. “Lord, send your angels to bring us back to shore.” Just then three, huge waves in a row slapped us hard back in the right direction with a powerful force. It was amazing!  I was so thankful to God that in a few seconds when my life seemed at risk, I had Him to turn to.   I really had firsthand experience of the meaning of the song “Oceans.” “Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me: You’ve never failed and You won’t start now!”  My heart was immersed in Jesus’ complete care. I had to completely trust in Him for everything. In times like these, we have an anchor! We have a Savior! He is Jesus.  When we feel like we are in over our heads, in any situation, He is holding us! It’s His Grace that is keeping us! If you are in a circumstance that seems overwhelming, and like the waves are crashing over you, call out to Jesus this minute.  Release the angels to come and act on your behalf.  He said, “If you call unto me, I will answer you and show you great and mighty things and that those who call on the Name of the Lord WILL be SAVED!


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