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In a Sea of Buoys
Are You Floating on Top or Sinking to the Bottom
One day you're floating near the top, another you're sinking to the bottom. Have you ever wished you knew ahead of time which way your day would go? Standing firm is difficult, therefore, we need faith as our anchor.
Today, which is happening, are you standing strong holding up under pressure or are you sinking. Is your buoy tipping a little, or is it feeling very weighted and heavy.
On any given day, we can be start in one position and end in another. Truly life is a continuum. We sometimes forget the days that preceded, whether positive or negative, yet we do our best to learn from the past,in faith and hope always to push ahead. We know forgiveness, yet we struggle.
It doesn't matter your age, or what talents you can share. Where you live or the assumptions others think about you. None of these make a difference to God, because you matter to God. In our daily ritual of bobbing up and down we lean on Him to stay afloat because He is all we need.
God knows you in every moment. So think on that for a moment? Lay still in your buoyant sea and as you sway with the rise and fall of circumstance know that God loves you. If He is allowing your moment, then He will also use it.
He may even allow an attack or two causing you to experience doubt. In these moments hold on 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.
His perfect purpose is the reason we live. We claim to understand His will, and yet our human nature intercedes. If this is true, why do we battle with trusting His purpose?
Well, first, it is because we are human. Second, 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. He will test our strength and even allow our brokenness, but He never leave us. He wants for us to trust in Him.
Don't Clump God in With People
People let us down then we clump God right in the pile with them. What a mistake this is! God never disappoints. When we choose Christ, we never stand-alone.
If we stand for Christ, He always lift us back up. He sends the strength to weather the storm or at the least the skills to ride the wave. How fast we drop Him when comparing Him to people or situations. How can we even attempt to compare others to Him? He is perfect and we are imperfect.
God gives us His teachings, He asks for us to seek Him first. He wants our burdens as He handles them easily for He is everything.
When He takes us, shakes us, and moves us, He wants for us to stay strong standing firm in His grace.
Sometimes like many before us, we jump, 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, and sometimes they loose their grip for a bit.
Rather than rafting our buoy's together, we become isolated.
At times of isolation, we may even doubt God. When we lose faith we separate. Life complicates the ability to accept He is constant. We strive daily to resemble Him accepting those in the sea with us. Holding and lifting one another up in the trials. But, we are human and need holding ourselves.
As buoys, we can either push one another under or we can band together and hold one another up. It's tough keeping ourselves afloat and at the same time adding buoyancy to those around us. We should do so without expectation always responding with our heart ensuring we are listening and relying on the one living inside of it.
Imperfect people make mistakes some actions are selfish others selfless. Finding balance is important as we float through life. Some of our actions help others and some allow for us to learn and grow through the experiences.
We will do both; messing up and hopefully part of the solutions. As we seek Him we will continue to learn and He will reveal Himself to us in His timing.
Rafting Up For The Ride
When the shark attacks come water rushes over your head making it a challenge to get your breath, know that God is there lifting you as you hold fast to the buoys in you're everyday life.
If at times you don't feel you deserve His grace remember He paid your debt and you're free to love and live because He died! I hope you understand everyone is 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 that invite you to raft up with them. The brightest will dim and you can light them back up and they you. Reach out, act naturally, forgive, explore, believe in faith everyone is worth it, because that is the way to love.
In the moments when you see others acting out remember they resemble you, holding on to their buoy's. Keeping afloat is easy sometimes and other times you need a little help.
Admitting our imperfections is awesome because this makes us real. Real is imperfect you will face challenges in everyday life. People will be stronger as a whole if we raft together, love binds as we reciprocate the same.
Please understand the learning process is a continuum. Our convictions and experiences come from our Jesus who lives in our hearts. The trials are a part of our story and God will bless you abundantly for He is our strength in all circumstance.
There will be days we don't understand and to imagine how He will spin it is evading our mind. We are living in the experiences and not the future of His victory. Our flesh is weak, but His promises are perfect. He has amazing plans even when not aware how He is using our story for His.
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.
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