Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Monday, July 11, 2016

When the Sands are Shifting, I Stand on THE Rock (A Morning Prayer)

Good morning Lord. Thank You for another day. Like every other day, this day is in Your hands, and if I get out of Your way, I know You can do great things with it.
Father, my girls are getting antsy as they can't wait to go on vacation. They love going to the beach, and even though I am not that big of a beach person, I guess I am excited too. The water is nice, but I probably have heard of one too many shark and jelly fish attacks to venture out too far in it.
One weird yet great feeling I do enjoy at the beach is simply standing at the edge of the water as the waves are coming in and going out, and feeling the sand being pulled out from under my feet. It is really a different kind of feeling to stand on that sand that feels so compacted, then to suddenly feel it moving out from under my feet. But, if the current is really strong, and it pulls out the sand faster than my legs can adjust, it can get a little scary.
Lord, life can be like that. I have seemingly had my feet firmly planted on different areas of my life, and felt confident with where I was. Throughout my years I have planted my feet on my job, family members, relationships, or even my own abilities. I was able to stand firmly on some of those things for years, to the point that I took for granted that they would always be there and never change. But just as the currents of life tend to do, they shift and things do change. A family member died, a relationship ended, a job changed, or my abilities fell short. It was at those times that I struggled to figure out what to do as my legs quickly gave way beneath me. My knees buckled under the weight of the questions ‘What happened?, why me?, and what now?’ Lord, I had to figure out what to do when the ground I’d been standing on started to move under my feet.
After many years and a few tears, You showed me Lord that I had to do the same thing I would do at the beach…I had to calm myself down and step on solid ground. Like on the beach, panicking makes it worse. So now Lord I try to remind myself that I am able to stand as long as You are able to hold me, and that is as long as You want to. So I try to focus less on the weakness in my legs and more on the strength in Your hands. Then I have to find my way to solid ground, which is Your Word. So I try to read Your word daily so I can get past what I see and stand on what You said. So now I can better enjoy life and the beach.
Lord, just like the unceasing waves at the beach, life still goes on. Sometimes it's gentle, sometimes it's rough, but it's ok because on Christ the solid rock I now stand. Thank You for strengthening my legs and for holding my hand. I love You. In Jesus name. Amen.

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