Mary Lee (a 17 foot, 3,456 great white shark) surfaced just a few days ago at one of my favorite beaches here in NJ.
It’s not as if I go IN the ocean anyway, but many that I love do.
I don’t like the uncertainty of what might be lurking near my feet.
I like to “see” what I’m about to step into.
I don’t like the unknown…what might be swimming around me.
I have had the amazing opportunity to visit beaches abroad.
Majorca, Spain is probably my favorite.
It rarely rains in Majorca and yet it doesn’t appear to be a desert at all.
It is breathtakingly beautiful.
The beaches are filled with white, soft, sand.
The water is crystal clear and calm.
Unlike, the Jersey shore where you most likely will get knocked down by a wave, Majorca’s waters are calm and warm.
And yet…I’d quickly go in to cool off a bit and then walk out just as quickly.
Even though I could see pretty far through the clear Majorca waters, I still didn’t like the idea that perhaps a predator was nearby.
I like to be in control.
I don’t like the “what if’s”.
What if a shark is nearby?
What if Mary Lee happens to be at the very beach I’m visiting?
What if a wave knocks me so hard that I break a bone?
What if I get stung by a jellyfish?
We all have our “what if’s”.
There are times, however, where God asks us to go deeper.
He’s asking us to trust Him.
He’s telling us He’s got our back and our footing.
I’ve had the “deeper” moments in my life, where I wasn’t sure how on earth something was going to turn out. I couldn’t imagine how good could ever come from it.
God is God and He did both.
He held my hand through the tough time and He taught me and grew me through it.
Each time I’m thinking of was terribly tough and I would not choose to go through it again, but the end result…was it worth it?
When I’ve trusted and allowed Him to lead and literally trusted Him with my heart, my life, my outcome…it’s been worth it every time.
It’s been worth it on several levels, but mostly because I got to know Him on a Deeper Level.
“When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon,
‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch’
Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
My favorite part in the verse above is “but because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
What is God asking you to do today?
Does it feel risky?
Does it feel out of control and too deep to be at ease?
It might be exactly where He desires to take you.
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.”
I’ll be the first to confess my heart’s purposes can be pretty deep and pretty murky.
When left on my own…I’m not trustworthy.
The reason I’m not trustworthy is because there is a “shark”/enemy who is a predator and He desires to devour me.
He will stop at nothing to destroy my heart, purpose, life, and the lives of those I love.
His name is satan.
We don’t like to talk about him, but he’s as real as Mary Lee, our great white shark.
He is the bully, as is the great white of the sea.
He is lurking and waiting and getting ready to devour.
I once read that sharks will eat anything!
Batteries, radios, jewelry and other odd items have all been found in the bellies of sharks. It matters not to them.
It matters not to him either.
He is out to steal, kill, and destroy.
But the truth is he’s already lost and he knows it.
The day that Jesus was born, God’s plan went full force into action.
He lived an absolutely perfect life, with no sin whatsoever.
He died and was crucified for our sins, but then HE rose on the third day and forever can and will proclaim victory over His enemy.
There is no water too deep, any mountain too high, no valley too low, and now if you’re my age your humming a little song!
Hum along friend,
He can be trusted!
2 Timothy 1:7
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self discipline.
Don’t worry about the “what if’s”.
Go where He calls you to go and say
“but because you say so, I will…..”