Tuesday, 16 April 2013

And when the oceans rage.......

This whole month, one song has been going on over and over in my heart. “Your Love never fails.” There is one particular line that was very real for me. “When the oceans rage, I don’t have to be afraid, because I know that you love me, your love never fails.”  Thinking of a raging ocean, gives me chills (not in a nice way). I remember reading as a 14 yr old of a huge ship (the Titanic) that was swallowed up in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg. I was terrified. The Oceans can do that when things get out of control. I fear being caught in the middle of a raging ocean. Kind of what we go through in life. The oceans do rage sometimes and it is often catastrophic. Some causalities may come up; Death of Trust In our God, Sickness of the soul, Wounded hearts.

One thing I have noticed as I listen to this song is that even in the midst of a raging ocean, I should not be afraid because He loves me and He will not let me sink. If He is aboard my ship, there will be no going down. When the ocean rages, no army on earth can withstand its advance, no scientific breakthrough can quell or quiet their sound. A roaring and stormy ocean is a frequent reminder of man’s frailty and helplessness in the face of such raw power. 

“More than the sounds of many waters, than the mighty breakers of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty.” As strong and powerful as the ocean waves may be, the Lord on high is infinitely more powerful. His voice is louder, His strength is stronger, His hand is firmer. While no force on Earth can quiet the waves, they cannot resist a simple word from the Lord. The Lord reigns, His will and His command is firmly established.

This week, even as I am facing raging waters, I think back to that song that we sang on Sunday. That line about when the oceans rage.  Something about feeling at peace within the storm knowing He is for me. It’s a strange peace. I am made aware that life is full of "storms" but God by nature and person is above the weather. When I think and start remembering the pain of the current raging, meditating on this song has helped me a great deal. I feel sure, loved, known and safe.  I see hope. 

“And when the oceans rage, I don’t have to be afraid because I know that you love me”.

I am now singing out loud of God’s unfailing love; yelling the word of truth passionately. “God, your love never fails!”

“The wind is strong and the water’s deep but I’m not alone here in these open seas because your love never fails”

Life can be one challenging and scary experience. We feel that we are caught and dragged in a downward spiral and though we see the world spinning around us, we need not be afraid. Our God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Of late I am asking my self these questions; who is in my boat? What is going to happen when the wind starts howling and the waves toss my boat? When the world knocks me down, who will be there to save you? 

O Lord I cannot stand against the waves, but I know that the waves cannot stand against you. Thank you that you are for me and not against me. Because you are for me I can stand in hope because you control the wind and waves that crash against my life. I have no strength against them, but my God, you are the master and commander of the whole earth. My hope and my peace are in you and in you alone. 

“The floods have lifted up, O Lord; the floods have lifted up their voice; The floods lift up their pounding waves, more than the sounds of many waters, than the mighty breakers of the sea, The Lord on high is mighty.”

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