Last week I was able to visit my literal Happy Place–the beach!
The water was clearer than usual for this particular Texas shoreline and we could not keep ourselves out of it. It was non-stop wave-riding all week!
One day the waves were a bit rough and the current was super strong. Seriously, it was a workout just keeping yourself vertical! I had to hold tightly to my son and his blue boogie board and fight the current to maneuver him through the waves.
After a few minutes of said maneuvering, I noticed how hard I was working and how tired my muscles were. Sheesh! Who needs a gym? Just try standing in the water for 30 minutes!
Stevie-P was feeling the burn, too, as he helped our daughter with her board. Though he’s no doubt stronger than me, his struggle was just as difficult. We were both out of breath and exhausted in no time.
I decided to take a rest and float but the moment I stopped fighting, the current carried us away. FAR AWAY from our original spot. We’re talking thirty seconds and as the Robertson’s say, “she-gone!”
Isn’t that like our walk with God?
We’re either going against the flow of sin or we’re going with it. There is no standing still. We’re constantly moving, either closer to Him or further away. Stop fighting the current altogether and we find ourselves farther than we intended, faster than we anticipated.
It happens in a second. We set out intending to get closer to Him, but it takes SO much effort.
Or, we finally make our way to Him and, feeling we’ve earned a break, decide to float a bit. We let down our guard and that’s when it happens: Temptation’s pull is too strong. We lose our footing and Sin crashes down.
Even trickier are the days we don’t feel a thing. The current doesn’t seem strong–but it’s still there. Just grab a board and float a bit. You’ll drift.
Staying close to God is not easy for anyone, especially in today’s current. It doesn’t just happen; we’ve got to fight for it.
Maybe, like me, you’ve been fighting the current but you’re getting tired and want a break.
In the immortal words of Happy Gilmore, “Now is not the time, Bob!”
As Believers, God will put The Fight in us. He promises we can take hold and stand firm in Him!
Deep or shallow, strong or weak, we are all in the same waters. The difference is whether we choose to fight or float.
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” ~1 Corinthians 15:58
“Stand firm, and you will win life.” ~Luke 21:19
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” ~Exodus 14:14
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” ~1 Timothy 6:12