Through the Waters


When I was on the worship team some years back one of my favorite songs talked about God being in our lives through every season.

I loved the easy flow of the melody and its lyrics conjured up images of God accompanying me on a river cruise. Together we would slide by the scenery of beautiful forests and mountains. Here and there a wave rocked the boat a bit but in my imagination I just held tighter to the railing and turned to God and smiled.

Reality on the other hand has been more like finding myself in a small boat that accidentally motored too close to Niagra Falls. Once caught in the overwhelming current of events inner turmoil and emotions I was swept towards the brink of destruction. Friends and family seemed far away on the river banks shouting this or that advice helpless to save. In those hours I cried out to God for grace. Then as He amazingly brought us to a safe quiet inlet and tied us up to a resting place in the harbor of His will. That experience of through the waters has shown me how little I ever understood of eternal things and how much our Savior loves.

And as we face this New Year whatever our hopes challenges or fears we can know for certain that God is not just joining us for a luxury cruise.

He has promised instead, to pilot our ship through whatever hurricanes and tsunamis lie ahead and bring us safely home. Yes He walks with us through all seasons. Our Savior stays closest in the deepest waters and carries us to safety through the mighty power of His cross!

Published by pastorpete51

My wife and I serve as members of a worship team at a multicultural church. Our members are from Brazil, Nepal and the U.S.. Because of the many languages and cultures in our local body we face unique challenges, such as how many songs will we do in English today? What new songs can we use in either language that are simple enough for the people to sing. The songs, the devotions and insights here are a small portion of some of the ways God is leading us as we push towards the goal. I pray that these will be both a blessing and an encouragement for those of you who may pass by Praise 2 Worship.

2 thoughts on “Through the Waters

  1. Beautiful imagery! Reminds me of the hymn “Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor.”
    The picture in my mind usually revolves around traveling a road that’s full of the enemy’s roadblocks, barriers, obstacles, and smokescreens. I ask the Lord daily to replace them with (or transform them into) HIS boundaries, His guardrails, His speed-bumps, and His road signs. I want to walk with Him – not running ahead and taking the wrong path, or dragging my feet and missing what He has for me. I want to walk with Him, run with Him, make Him smile, and make Him laugh with pleasure. (In other words, I want to be the child He delights in, not the one that grieves His heart.) If I stay close to Him, I know we’ll make it. 😉

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