Who Do You Look To, When Waves of Deceit Try To Knock You Down?


One Saturday Terry and I drove to St. Augustine, Florida, for the day.  Our sweet golden retriever, Molly, had passed away earlier in the week and we decided it would be good for the both of us to get away.

After browsing in a few shops, we headed for the beach.  It was a very hot, windy day and we were ready for the water…so I thought.  We brought our sun umbrella and chairs and books to read.  It was a delight to get away from the covid cares and get some fresh air. (And yes, we socially distanced!)

Terry got into the ocean first.  I followed behind him.  The breaking waves were very strong, so it was difficult for me to go out as deep as Terry.  He kept waving at me to come out…it looked to me that he was about shoulder deep.  I was about thigh high.  One wave came and knocked me over in the water.  If you know me, you know I am not afraid of the water and being in it is one of my very favorite things to do.

I wasn’t going to give up and attempted to go out to Terry again.  This time I faced the waves with my knees slightly bent…don’t ask me why I thought this would be a good idea.  I stood there and when the next wave came, it tossed me and threw me down on my hip.  I laughed because I’m sure this old grandma looked pretty silly getting tossed in the waves.  As I tried to stand, another wave came and kept me down.  I could not get up on my feet.

A nice young man rushed over and asked me if I needed help.  I let go of my pride and laughingly said, “YES!”  He offered me his hand and with a firm grip, pulled me to my feet.  I thanked him.  I then yelled for Terry.  He was still trying to get me to come to him.  I asked him if he knew what just happened to me.  He was oblivious to my wave tossing drama.  That was enough fun in the water for me.  I went up and enjoyed our beach chairs for the rest of the afternoon.

Now, as I read the scriptures that include being tossed by the waves, I have a whole new experiential appreciation for it.

May we, as believers stand firm in God’s truth as stated in Ephesians 4:14-15: “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.  Instead speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is Christ.”

May we seek Him, His Heart and His TRUTH!  Lord, we NEED You!  Help us to stand firm in You as the waves of this world try to deceive us and knock us down.

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