In A Sea Of Buoys
One day you're floating near the top, another your being pulled under. Have you ever wished you knew ahead of time which way your day would go before it happened? It's difficult to be like a buoy in a world of unpredictable waters, hence the need for an unwavering faith that will anchor you.
On this day, one of two things is happening, you're standing strong holding up under pressure or you’re sinking. Maybe you're buoy is tipping just a little, or perhaps it's feeling very weighted and heavy.
On any given day, one could be in either position. Some days starting in one position and ending in another. The truth is life is a continuum. We sometimes forget the days that came before, whether good or bad, yet we do our best to learn from the past, always going forward in faith and hope. We claim forgiveness, we believe and have faith in God, yet we struggle.
It doesn’t matter your age, or what talented gifts have been given. It matters not where you live, the things you have, or what others think about you. The only thing that matters is God loves you. Yes, He loves you!
God knows you're every moment. So think on that for just a moment? Lay still in your buoyant sea and as you sway with the rise and fall of circumstance know that He loves you, right there, where you are.
So, If He sees you, and I assure you He does. And if He is allowing your moment, then He will also use it. He may even allow you to be attacked and experience doubt just so you can hold tighter to Him. He has claimed you for His purpose and the surrender is tedious but well worth the action as He works all things for good.
We as people do we forever think, why is this? What is the reason?
The reason is because it is by His will that we are to live. We claim the understanding that He will carry us through and yet our human nature intercedes. If we believe this, why do we battle with life and its happenings?
Well, first it is because we are human. Second it is because pain emotional and/or physical is very real. But the most important thing to remember is we’re not alone in our experiences or our trials. This is what we often have difficulty with. He will test our strength and even allow our brokenness, but He will never leave us. He wants for us to trust in Him whole-heartily.
It’s funny when people let us down we then tend to clump God right in the pile with them. What a mistake this is! God never disappoints. When we choose to stand with Christ we never stand-alone, but we must remember it's with Him we stand.
If we stand for Christ, He will always lift us back up. If we truly stand for Him, He will send the strength to weather the storm or at the least the skills to ride the wave. How quickly we let go of Him when comparing Him to people or situations. How can we even attempt to compare others to Him? He is perfect and imperfectly human.
God gives us like yokes, but He asks for us to put on His yoke. His is the only yoke that will not feel burdened for He is everything. When He takes us and shakes us and moves us, He wants for us to stand, strong no matter what comes against us, to stand firm in His grace.
Sometimes like many before us, we jump in, expecting so much from people. We forget they are hanging on to their own buoy. They're constantly looking up and seeking God as well. Rather than rafting our buoy's together when life hits, we often give up on one another, becoming separate even isolated.
At times of isolation, we may even doubt the one who never gives up on us. When we lose sight of Him. This is where we separate. What we must accept He is constant and in this fact strive daily to be like Him accepting those in the sea with us. Holding and lifting one another up in the trials.
We are like buoys. We can either push one another under or we can band together and hold one another up. Be aware that we must do the work to keep ourselves afloat and also at the same time help to add buoyancy to those around us. We need to do so without expectation always looking into our own heart first to make sure we are listening and relying on the one inside of it.
We will not be perfect and we will be used. Some of our actions will be good and some not so good. Some things we do will be used for helping others and some will be used for us to learn from and grow ourselves. Because we are not perfect, we will do both; we will be part of the problems and hopefully part of the solutions. We will learn when we will go to Him He will reveal Himself to us in His timing.
I for one will do my best to stand in faith. I hope and pray to continue to float to the top holding fast to Him. Call me out if I am not reaching you or seeking to raft up with Him.
But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more
And hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
For He is the living God, and He will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and His rule will never end. He rescues and saves His people; He performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth.
Rafting up for the ride
As you sit holding firm to your buoy today, know this, you are not alone. When the water rushes over your head making it difficult to get your breath, know that He is there lifting you up.
If at times you feel you don't deserve His grace, know that He paid your debt and you're free to love and live because He said it-is-finished.
I hope you know you are amongst the rest of us holding firm to their buoy's. We're not perfect, we're the same, living in faith, believing in grace.
I hope you see people on your ride, I hope they're looking back at you and smiling and inviting you to raft up with Him. There will be moments when even the brightest of lights will be dimmed, that's when you can light them back up. Just reach out, be yourself, forgive quickly, explore reason, believe in the faith they are worth it, because that is the way you're loved.
In the moments when you don't see others acting like they should remember they are like you, holding on to their buoy's. Some days it is easy to keep afloat and others you need a little help.
It's okay to admit our imperfections because this is what makes us real. Real is imperfect and we all have things we can work on no matter where we are in life. We are worthy of love. We are providers of that same love, we're in need of rafting together so we can be stronger as a whole.
Please understand my writings are my lessons learned I too am on a continuum of a learning process. I pray my writings as a ministry and hopefully inspired by the Holy Spirit ~ they come from my own convictions and experiences that are many, as are yours I am sure. They come from my heart where He lives and I live for Him.
God Bless and Peace in your stages…
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