"There are times in life when you look out towards the horizon and you see the coming storm and you know it's going to be a humdinger! The sky before you is blackened. Bolts of lightning are flashing all around, keeping a steady rhythm with your every heart beat. The waves are already churning. With every minute that passes, they become more vicious and seem intent on knocking you off your feet and dragging you beneath the depths of survival. Fear has gripped your soul and your heart refuses to beat. Your mind tells you to jump overboard and end all of the turmoil. For a moment you consider the thought. You don't know what to do. You feel trapped. There's nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. It is then, in the midst of all your chaos you feel the touch of a familiar hand on your shoulder. You turn around and your eyes meet those of your Captain. He's smiling! With unprecedented doom all around you, He's smiling!
"Don't be afraid, child, don't be afraid. I've driven through some of the worst storms imaginable. I've never lost one of my passengers. I know how to speak peace to the fiercest of hurricanes. I know how to calm the furious waves. But even greater still if your boat crumbles beneath the pounding waves, there is still no need for fear. Remember my child, I invented 'Water Walking'."
I knew that something was coming that morning as I sat on the porch doing my morning devotion at White Lake, NC. I could see the storm on the horizon. I was afraid and began praying. The above excerpt was my response from God. I told my husband Mike that the book, Water Walking, would come from our life experience over the past few years. As we cooled in the clear waters that day at Camp Clearwater, we discussed his illness. Neither knowing the answers but both knowing that there was than what seemed to be on the surface.
Since that day the clouds have gotten darker. The storm isn't quite here yet, so I have no clue how rough it is going to be or if it will be rough at all. But, this I know...God sees each tear that falls from my eyes, He knows how afraid I am and He is holding me through it all, smiling gently, reminding me that He is the captain of our ship. I am so thankful that my God, is more than a figure sitting on a shelf. He is more than a story. He is very real and very personal. He's my Father and my Best Friend. And, He loves me enough to ask me to walk on the waters of faith with Him.
Isaiah records some of my favorite verses in Chapter 43. I cling to these verses in the midst of life's storms.
But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:
(Isaiah 43:1-3 KJV)
Often I insert my own name into these verses, to remind myself that no matter what happens in life, God my Father, has me securely in His hands. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but this I know...
He will not fail me nor forsake me. (Joshua 1:5) It is more than a promise, it is a guarantee.