The threat may be pressing in, but there are unseen boundaries protecting your life. God has determined where these waves can touch, and where they cannot. He has established protections over you which absolutely nothing can break through. You are safe in his arms, you just can’t see his arms.
God has clearly defined how far this can go, and while you cannot see that line, it is an impassable line which always holds strong. Oh, Sis, the waves may build in this raging storm, but there’s an eternal boundary which God holds on your behalf.
Jeremiah 5:22, The Lord says, “I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it.”
I may not know what your roaring waves are, but I know the one who has declared a boundary of protection for you, and an everlasting barrier those waves cannot cross. God has said, “this may be loud and overwhelming now, but I’ve already created a barrier for these waves and they will be held back. You, my girl, are divinely protected.”
What he has asked of you is to trust him as the waves roll. Trust him as calm waters are stirred. Trust him as you feel tossed in the ups and downs. Trust there is a barrier for these waves, a barrier which you cannot see now, but it was determined by your loving Creator since the beginning of time. There is a point which God has said, “here, and absolutely NO FURTHER.”
Here at our New Year Retreat in Pensacola, Florida, I’ve spent most days on a beautiful white sandy beach, watching the gentle waves roll in on turquoise waters. Last week, a storm completely changed our blissful beach into a wild raging threat of dark gray. The waves were massive, making the roar of the waters a constant reminder of how things had changed.
But even then, the waves were declared they could come so far, and then they must return to the boundary God has set for them. Don’t you see, the same is true in your life? These waves can only come so far. The boundary has been predetermined and what you’re experiencing now will not consume you. You will not be overwhelmed in this. That is not your destiny. You’re forever protected by a barrier set by an everlasting God who has eternally good plans for you.
The biggest waves aren’t born that way. Naturally, winds at sea average 10 feet high. Storms can stir those waves to 30 feet. However, the biggest waves can be over 5 stories high. These waves aren’t created by storms. What creates them?
A wave approaching a shoreline meets shallower water, slowing the waves edge. Now all of the energy which has been propelling it forward has no where to go in this shallow water, and forward momentum turns to upward momentum, and the wave grows taller. Honey, the tallest of waves are near the shore which God has declared as the boundary for these waters.
If the wave in your life is big, it’s not because you’re stranded in the deep, it’s because you’re nearing the barrier God has set to slow this wave down and send it back. Now isn’t the time to give up. Now is the time to look for shore. The water is shallower here. God is bringing you through to the safe space he has declared would always be protected for you.
These waves are just waves. With Jesus, we dance on these waves.
At Retreat, we’ve heard a song on repeat called “Dancing On the Waves” by We the Kingdom. Listen to these words like a love letter from your God:
I’m reaching out, I’ll chase you down
I dare you to believe how much I love you now
Don’t be afraid, I am your strength
We’ll be walking on the water, dancing on the waves
God never promised there wouldn’t be waves in our lives. He simply promised he would be with us through those waves, and he would set boundaries for their end.
If you’re in a wave, know that God is right here with you. Jesus walks on those waters, and he invites you to come out and walk with him. Walk on the very thing that has threatened to overwhelm you. Walk on all that has filled you with fear. And as you get used to walking with him, then you’re invited to dance.
Dance on these waves.
Psalm 30: 11-12 MSG “You did it: you changed wild lament (deep sorrow) into whirling dance; You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers. I’m about to burst with song; I can’t keep quiet about you. God, my God, I can’t thank you enough.”
May God turn your deep sorrow into a whirling dance, and may it be on these waves. May it be with Jesus, on top of the ups and downs of life, never being overwhelmed by circumstances, but always lifted by the promise that these waves have boundaries! You will not be consumed by this. You will not sink. You will not be washed away. You will be carried in.
Carried in to a shore that has always been there for you. A safe shore where these waves will bring you. But don’t be surprised when the biggest waves come just as you near the shore.
You’re equipped to dance on this!