Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Matthew 8:23-24 (NIV)
I married a beach bum.
And I’m perfectly fine with that.
So, for our 10th anniversary, we celebrated in Hawaii.
On this particular day, we decided to drive our tiny rental car away from the hustle and bustle of the city and explore.
That’s when we found the lovely little park with the beautiful beach.
The one that was off the beaten path.
And only had a handful of other people.
Ahhh yes, it was perfecto.
My beach bum and I didn’t waste any time unloading the car and spreading our towels on the warm sand for an afternoon of relaxation.
But first, he headed lickety-split toward the sparkling blue water that he had been dreaming about all day.
I decided to catch a few rays instead, so I waved him a happy swim, put on my shades and started to lean back.
Yet, almost immediately, my soul was unsettled. I popped up and saw that he was way out from where he was suppose to be.
I ran to the shoreline and yelled to him, but he was too far out to hear.
Suddenly, I realized what was happening.
He was caught in a current and struggling to get back to shore.
My yell turned into a scream as I watched 4 guys leap into the water, one after the other, while I frantically called 911 on my cell.
Enroute to the hospital, the ambulance driver informed me that the beach was a favorite of the locals, then questioned how many others were actually IN the water?
“None,” I replied.
He nodded, then quietly asked, “So, you didn’t see the sign?”
“Sign?” I wondered, as my mind was racing in a million directions.
“Yes, like that one,” he pointed, as I turned to read the three words that made my heart quiver:
Caution! Rip Currents!
That’s so human, isn’t it?
We fix our attention on something that we want to do and there “ain’t no body gonna stop us now!”
Until the currents of life pull us out of our comfort zone and into unfamiliar territory.
And as hard as we try to get back to shore, back to normal, we finally surrender to the realization that can’t do it by ourselves.
But we don’t need 4 local dudes.
We need one Heavenly Father.
Just like they did.
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” Matthew 8:26-27 (NIV)
Dear one, Jesus cares about every aspect of your life.
Even that thing.
His signs are all around us, if only we’d slow down long enough to see them, to believe them…
Don’t be afraid.
Give me that worry.
I’ll never leave you.
I forgive you.
You are enough.
I love you.
It’s been 15 years since that day and my husband is still a beach bum.
And I am still perfectly fine with that.
But nowadays, I’m more aware of the signs.
At the beach, that is.
I still need my Heavenly Father to give me the other ones.
Spread your joy,