In a Sea of Buoys
Are You Floating on Top or Sinking to the Bottom
One day you're floating near the top, the next 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 it? 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 may start in one position and end in another. Indeed life is a continuum. We sometimes forget the days that preceded, whether positive or negative. But, we do our best to learn from the past. Because of our faith and hope we always push ahead. We know forgiveness, yet still, 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 at 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 it as He works all things for good.
His entire 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's because we're human, second because pain emotional and 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, yet He never leaves us. He wants for us to trust in Him.
Don't Clump God in With People
People let us down, and still, we clump God right in a pile with them. What a mistake this is! God never disappoints. When we choose Christ, we never stand-alone.
God sends the strength to weather the storm He lifts us back up or at the least provides the skills to ride the wave. We are quick to cut his power when comparing Him to people or situations. How can we even attempt to compare others to God? He is perfect, and the rest of us are imperfect. Also when He allows the struggle, He uses it for good.
God wants our burdens and handles them. People are not the same as they may want to take things on but they have troubles of their own.
Sometimes we jump, expecting much from people. We forget they are hanging on to their buoy. They're looking up and seeking God as well, and sometimes they lose their grip for a bit.
Rather than rafting our buoy's together, we isolate and tend to drift apart.
In these moments of isolation, we may even doubt God. When we lose faith, we are at risk of separation. Life complicates the ability to accept that our God is constant. We strive daily to resemble Him by allowing those in the sea with us right where they are in their current.
We attempt to hold and lift one another up in the trials. Always subject to the reality that we are human and need holding ourselves.
As a buoy floats, we too can be a buoy and either push one another under, or we can band together holding one another up. It's tough keeping ourselves afloat unless we band together adding buoyancy to those around us.
We should do so without the expectation of always responding with our heart ensuring we are listening to and relying on our King.
Imperfect people make mistakes some actions are selfish others selfless. Finding a balance is crucial as we float through life. Some of our efforts help others, and some allow for us to learn and grow through the experiences.
We will do both; messing up and becoming part of the solutions. As we seek God, we will continue to learn, and the Holy Spirit will reveal Himself to us in His timing. As long as we keep floating together for His purpose and not our own.
Bethany Today She Held On!!!!!!! And God's Timing Came to Be!!!!!!
Rafting Up For The Ride
When the shark attacks come water rushes over your head making it a challenge to get your breath. Know this God is there lifting you as you hold fast to the buoys in your 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 as they, in turn, ignite 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 perfect 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. 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 terrific plans even when not aware of 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.
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.
© 2013 Kathy Henderson