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Faith While Riding the Waves of Life

Updated on March 9, 2021
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Kathy was a rehabilitation therapist. After receiving a life-changing diagnosis, she felt a spiritual call to share life's journey in HUBS.

My Journey on The Waves

The writing gift was not my forte; however, after spending many years as a rehabilitation therapist, I received a life-changing diagnosis that caused me to make a three hundred and sixty-degree turn in my life. I went from caregiver and therapist to patient, and everything got blurry for a bit.

While overwhelmed, I found myself turning to expression in written form as a great solace in my circumstance. Concerned that self-pity could have set up camp in my mind, I sought a way to cope. I then felt a spiritual call to share life’s stages with a writing ministry, and I responded.

This adventure took me out of my comfort zone, as grammar and context editing is a nightmarish reality in my world. The ongoing physical and emotional changes in myself provide quite the challenge as well. Nonetheless, my heart and soul have pushed through and sprang open in new ways. Hopefully, with a Godly focus of always praying and sharing the many stages of me, I can somehow bring comfort to others.

We are all in this life stage. We share our journey while amongst the waves, which is how we get through to the other side of interruption. I seek to remain humble as those focused on the truth of Christ, and I am comforted by all the scenes of others leaning on Him as well. I very much enjoy sharing the stage with all of you in this ocean of life.

The Stages Of ME

All stages are transforming, the roles and scenery continually changing. Simultaneously, there's not one stage or life role that is or wasn't significant. Each one is an opportunity for growth in our faith walk.

I hope not to be considered some preachy goofball with a lofty presentation. I am anything but that! I am a real person flawed, yet with talents, strengths, and weaknesses, the same as every human. However, I refuse to deny the beauty of my shortcomings. I have found that it has been in my significant brokenness that God has changed my heart and filled me up with His Spirit. In the worst of times, and I assure you, there have been some very challenging situations.

We can expect challenges on this life stage but, He has been there as my confidant, my strength, my companion in moments of complete darkness. He will be there for you, as well.

In those unique stages, I realized that while life will continue to be a stage with confusion and ridiculous scenes, He will direct me through them.

I pray we embrace God's direction at every stage; placing our trust in Him allows us the production of a lifetime; we can help one another on the ride holding to that focal point.

The loudness and deconstruction in our world are overwhelming but remember we are never alone in this life stage. We have an awesome God, and we have each other. We are all together existing in a vacuum of experiential learning. Life is throwing situations at us minute to minute as one sits laughing, waiting for us to topple over or succumb to our weaknesses. Let him laugh because we are not alone, and we have the best cheerleaders in one another if we keep our focus on the final curtain call.

Perhaps, you're feeling like your drowning or only floating, barely making it, sometimes faking it, keep riding the wave eventually we will all get to shore, don't fear, no matter what, you're not alone. There is a great life raft in every wave. He goes before you and behind and lifts you. His name is Jesus!

Riding a Wave in This Life Stage

An ocean wave is a delightful sight; however, if you're most people, you tiptoe into the water, inching your way past the break of the rolling barrel of rain hovering over your head that is about to pounce!

The adventurous will run with reckless abandon and jump or dive right in with a joyful leap. Either route you choose takes you to the same point because you always have to go a little farther to get past the mountain-like wall of water heading toward you.

As you face this mountain, either head-on or tediously looking back in a safe position, your heart will race just a bit. In your mind, you know just over that wall is where you reach the calming and gentle sea that will soothingly sway you up and down in its magnificence.

Once in this place of calm, you must stay focused and alert, for there is ongoing work even in the calm. How about focusing on the Lifeguard that keeps you from being taken out to an unsafe area where you might get lost at sea. If you find yourself slipping out beyond the waves, don't panic; look up to get your bearings and get back to your focal point.

After the description of this spectacular scene, can you see how it resembles our relationship with God? He is so welcoming and ever-present, allowing us to choose how to come into a connection with Him.

He says, "Come as you are, there is no right or wrong way for I love you, and my love is unconditional." Once there in His grip, you are calmed. However, remember the walls of water, the mountains of life will still present themselves. "Don't tell your God about your mountain, tell your mountain about your God!" keep your eye's on Him; you can glide past these challenges and feel His arms strengthening you in times of trouble.

Trust and believe in His promises; put on His armor, and you are safe. When among the waves, He is there to help you stay afloat. If you start to fall away, the Holy Spirit whispers you back in between the green safety flags, centering you to your Lifeguard, who is God your Father. It is quite simple when you understand that He has created us and He has given us all we need. How lucky are we to be His beautiful creations in His beautiful reality? The reality is He is there, just waiting for you to reach for Him while in the waves. He has the life raft you're seeking.

Yikes I have been slammed!!!

Mama, said there'd be days like this!!!!
Mama, said there'd be days like this!!!! | Source

Mama, Did Say There'd be Days Like This!

You will get slammed; sorry, it's going to happen. I wish I could tell you once you trust God, everything will be easy, but I would be lying. It may get a bit more tedious as that power to push you to your breaking point may grow more robust.

See, once your strength comes from Christ within you, there is a force that will encourage separation from that comfort. Don't let it confuse you; keep your focus.

But, no matter what we can get back up with our awesome God!

I will survive!!!
I will survive!!! | Source

You can do it with God!

Life will comes at you ready to knock you down but, remember who gets you back up. God will lift you over the waves and will be with you at every stage of this live performance. He will also be right there at that final curtain call. Our God is awesome like that. He keeps getting us back up, so keep your focus on Him forever and always.

© 2011 Kathy Henderson


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    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      15 months ago from Pa

      Demas -

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. Very kind of you. I was a lifeguard as well, during my career I was involved in adaptive aquatics. That work in rehabilitation taught me much about how people face adversity and draw to faith. Lessons learned in trial leave some of the greatest imprints of change. I too am quite content as we draw closer to His peace and understanding and not our own.

      Peace and Blessing to you

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      Demas W Jasper 

      15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I was a professional lifeguard on the Maine coast. There is a great verse in Philippians where Paul writes something like, "I have learned to be content in all things." I think that is the key to finding contentment even in our tests and our trials. When we have learned to be content in all things, we can enjoy the peace that God gives us. "Be not afraid...." etc. A good lesson during the stresses of COVID-19. I take Paul's admonition, or observation, as a commandment for finding peace in your "waves of life."

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      Kathy Henderson 

      16 months ago from Pa

      OLUSEGUN -

      Absolutely, God Bless you.

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      16 months ago from NIGERIA

      Yes, with God nothing shall be impossible.

    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      2 years ago from Pa


      Thank you so much for the read and sweet comment. God is so good and I too remain thankful He clears our path.

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      Tamara Yancosky 

      2 years ago from Uninhabited Regions

      Well-penned! Yes, those waves can sometimes come crashing down on us so hard that it knocks us senseless. But, God is Good, and He clears our path. ♥️

      Thank you for sharing this lovely post!

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      Kathy Henderson 

      7 years ago from Pa


      Thank you for your words. I so understand your comment, often we do not see the tiny miracles that make up our true reality. Even in the storms there is shelter we only need seek it. Joy is all around when we seek Him in the quiet of the stroms. Blessings

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I was struggling with some issues in life and felt very sorry for myself. And then I met a man who had not grown at all in 30 years and I smiled at my struggle for it is a good friend.

      You are inspiring.

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      Kathy Henderson 

      7 years ago from Pa

      Thank you Nadine and how sweet of you to stop in. Have a blessed and amazing day :)

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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Lovely message. Thank you Kathy you painted a beautiful picture with words.

    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      9 years ago from Pa

      Thank you Faith Reaper for the sweet comment have a wonderful and blessed day :)

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      Faith Reaper 

      9 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome hub of His truths and such a beautiful testimony! So very clever, "The Stages of Me." Yes, and He is just so very patient with us, and I am so grateful that He is. This is just lovely, so lovely. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      9 years ago from Pa

      Thanks ann... I read your profile what an adventure you have had in life ~ Thank you again for your kind words :)

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      9 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Beautiful hub. thanks for sharing yourself.

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      Kathy Henderson 

      9 years ago from Pa

      Frogyfish ~ no worries I know Christ is my future, my past and my present ~ He is The Way The Truth and The Light. I am reminded daily as I go to the word how comforted we can become in a moments time by the blessings of the Holy Spirit.

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      9 years ago from Central United States of America

      A beautiful sharing here, and I respond to your early words about being a patient. May the truth you spoke for us also be especially real in your own life. That is your anchor and your hope, as you know.

      The video was slow-motion amazing. I could not figure out all the views but was happy to watch rather than be there.

      Blessings and courage to you.

    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      9 years ago from Pa

      Thank you for reading ~ I appreciate your comments ~ have a blessed day :)

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      Movie Master 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is a beautiful hub Kathy with a wonderful message.

      Thank you for sharing, best wishes MM

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      Clara Kish 

      9 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Kathy, this is a very nice Hub and the video is a good one ,too,clara Kish


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