Today’s post features guest contributor, Erin Thompson. I am blessed to serve alongside her in women’s ministry. If you would like to read more of Erin’s writing, visit her blog at erinnicolethompson.com. She provides Real Words to Renew, Refresh, and Re-envision Today’s Women.
The waves are lashing and high; whipping every which way. Stormy and daunting; they surround us. So dominant and frightening, that it is difficult to lift our gaze. In the middle of a storm, we struggle to set our sights on what lay beyond.
Maybe fear or anxiety overtakes us. We may wonder if we have what is required to see things through. Maybe we don’t have the strength to get to the other side, where the peaceful seas rest. We feel reluctant but tempted to give in to tiredness and dread. And our strength is giving way. We are desperate for a lifeline. We need help to see beyond the waves.
If we are to press through, to believe without seeing, we must lift our eyes. Above the waves. Above the stormy seas. Above our understanding.
We must look up.
I lift my eyes to the hills where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord the maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber; Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. (Psalm 121:1-6 NIV)
As we seek to keep our gaze fixed on the depth of our Savior’s eyes, He reminds us to…
Look up. Look to Me. The Author and Perfector of your faith. Your Redeemer and Restorer. Jehovah-Jireh, your Great Provider. Creator of all things and King of Kings. I own the riches of the world. Nothing is too big for Me.
Remember. Remember My faithfulness to you. Record it. Write it down and read it aloud to yourself and your family. Recall My faithfulness throughout Scripture. But also meditate on how I have been present and provided for you.
Trust. I know this sounds easy, but in reality I understand it is hard to do. But trust Me, because I am worthy of it. Never will I leave nor forsake you. I will always have your best interest at heart, even when it doesn’t feel that way. But you are going to have to choose to trust Me, the unchanging God. Trust is a choice. Choose to trust Me.
When the waves are all we can see, we need to lift our eyes and look to our King. Remember His faithfulness and choose to trust in Him. The waves may be daunting, but I pray we can set our gaze upon Him, step out of our comfort zone, and become undaunted, in pursuit of the things of God.