Waves of Trouble

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Psalm 46: 1-3 (NRSV)

Michelle T. Johnson lives in North Carolina. One day at the beach, not long after she placed her chair at the edge of the water, a father and his young son ventures into the ocean. The boy frolicked in the gentle lapping waves. Because the tide was coming in, the waves soon became much larger. One wave caught the young boy off guard, and he lost his balance. His dad sprang into action and helped him regain composure. As quickly as the wave had appeared, it diminished into the shoreline and the boy ran from his dad's protection with newfound confidence. It was not long until a similarly threatening wave appeared; however, the boy had learned from his experience. He ran to his dad, wrapped his small arms around one of his dad's legs, and rode out the crashing wave in safety. The boy knew where to turn for help.

This cycle repeated itself several times, and Michelle realized that our lives are threatened by any number of powerful waves. Some of the waves are easy to withstand, but some of them knock us off balance. Whom do we turn to when a wave hits? Do we try to brave the rough waters alone? God is watching us and waiting to offer protection and comfort. We can hold on to God as the waves crash around us.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for always being here for us. Help us to turn quickly to you in times of trouble. Thank you that we need not try to keep our balance on our own, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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