“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33
I can admit that I am easily overwhelmed. There are a lot of days that I spend wishing life was over. Praying for Christ’s return. I put my head down and push through the day and not always with a good attitude. I know I’m not alone in feeling overwhelmed. I have had almost every friend share with me that they often feel the same way.
This last weekend I was truly blessed to get away to an amazing home at the beach with four girlfriends. The house had an amazing view of the ocean. We could see the rolling waves, hear them crash on the rocks, smell the salty ocean air, and feel calm wash over our weary spirits.
There is something so magnificent in watching the ocean. Each wave pulls in and calms the soul. It’s like watching the hand of God. Slowly moving in, gifting the beach, and then retreating, sometimes taking with it. Other times it crashes ferociously, leaving visual marks behind to remind of it’s power and might. All the while there are secrets hidden among the depths of the water; delicate and strong. We can’t see them from the shore but they are there and they are His.
You see, God’s in the business of changing hearts just as He changes the seashores with every wave. There will be times that we experience the ferocious tidal waves and even tsunamis in life but it’s still God. There will be other times where the waves barely lap at our feet and cool us off but it is still God.
We’ve been promised a life with hope and foretold of a life that will also have troubles. Grief will come and cover us in it’s fog. When we least expect it God will send a love note of hope. It may be in the form of a gray whale breaching the ocean surface to show off or a breath taking sunset kissing the sea waters.
If the Lord has told us that we’ll have trouble so that we can have peace, we need to trust in that promise. He shared it with us so that we’d know ahead of time and so that we could be comforted by His mighty hands.
Let His creation soothe the aches in your heart. Nature has a graceful way of calming the spirit. Take advantage of it.
What are some ways God has used nature to speak to your heart?