“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.”
– 1 Peter 5:8-9
Yesterday, I shared with you about how my Dad helped me overcome my fear of the ocean when I was a kid, and I likened it to how God sometimes carries us into the storm to help us overcome worry in our lives. Today, I want to encourage you with another thought: you’re bigger than your storm!
Recently, I took my daughter Haven, who’s eight, to the beach. She wanted to go into the water, but she needed someone to hold onto. I gladly carried her in and, as I observed how little she was and how relatively small the waves were, it brought back memories of that day with my Dad. When I was small like Haven, the waves seemed huge, but now that I’m older, stronger and taller, I realize that they never really posed a threat to me. As a kid, they were tidal waves, but as an adult, they were simply swells in the water, not even tall enough to reach my head. The same is true with the storms of our lives.
Friend, someday you’ll look back at the waves that were so daunting and you’ll realize that you were actually much bigger than the storm. Because you are in the Beloved and you ride in the shadow of His wings, you have nothing to fear. In Him, you have strength that is greater than you can comprehend; He is your stronghold and your portion, so you don’t have to rely on your own fortitude and vigor to get through the rough weather. You can rest securely in the mighty arms of your Father with full assurance that He has you and will never let you go. In Him, you are bigger than the storm — what an amazing truth!
I praise you, Jesus, that in your hands, I am bigger than the storms that assail me. Today, I choose to rest in the shadow of your wings.
Have you faced waves in your life that didn’t seem as big in retrospect? If so, what did they teach you about future storms?