He will call us into the storm
Written by Claire McCann
Comfort, oh comfort!! How we all long for comfort!!
I have this subconscious thing about me that has me drifting towards the path of least resistance in the ordinary moments of life. Purposefully engaging in the right things, that we know are also the difficult things, is just hard! From the daily workout and carefully instructing/correcting our children to the heavier things of fighting for God to be enough whatever situation comes....it's just hard!
God will call us out of comfort. Think of the disciples... To leave the shores of ease and go into the seemingly perilous waves of life. We all know this reality but few are determined to LEARN from the struggle in the waves. If you've ever gone swimming in the ocean and felt a rip current then you know the pull and how powerful it is. If we work against it, we end up exerting all of our energy and still end up in the same precarious situation. If we choose to work with the current and trust the plan to get out then we see the dangers we were saved from!
When God graciously brings us from the comforts of the shores into the midst of the raging seas, are we content to merely survive? We have the option to just stay afloat or to fight with everything we have to find God, our Rock, in the midst of it.
His deapth of joy and satisfaction is still available in the torrent. In fact the waves crashing over us are what throw us upon Himself in a way that nothing else can.... If we fight to embrace it.
We must remember that, for those whose life and will are submitted to Jesus, He is FOR US! This act of calling us out from comfort is not because He is against us.... Instead like Charles Spurgeon once said " I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages".
This "kissing the wave" does not come innately in us. We must fight to find contentment there in the turbulence of the waves because Jesus is there and will continue to offer the steady supply of grace that is needed in the midst of the struggle.
The beauty of Jesus is displayed in His detailed love and concern for each of us. He knows the different situation for each of us that will lead us to more of Himself, and He graciously calls us there!
He knows a financial tight spot for some will develop our faith in His provision. He knows exhaustion for others will bring us to the end of ourselves where we will become dependent on Him instead of our own strength. He also knows the opinions others have of us will consume us if we don't fight to care more deeply about His opinions of us. He graciously brings us into the waves in all of these scenarios and more. Knowing what we need even if it's not what we want. All the while being faithful to not only keep us afloat but help us crawl upon the Rock of Ages who will be the stability through it all.
Know that every struggle or devastating thing that happens to us is not caused by God or from God but we can still throw ourselves on Him to stay afloat in the turbulence. He is faithful to rescue!
Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.