I had a dream once that I was totally content. In my dream my house was on the ocean. I gazed out of my tall, maybe 30 foot, windows that faced the sea, and whispered peaceful thanks to God. I felt such joy and peace, and was so grateful for the life He had given me.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a huge wave came barreling towards my house. It wasn’t tsunami proportions so I didn’t fear for my life, but it was definitely large enough to do some major damage to my home. I flinched as it hit the house and then retreated back to the ocean. The house was still standing, but water had begun to seep into my lovely living room.
Again, and again, with some breaks in-between, another wave would hit the house and water would come in under the doors. I felt panicked and helpless, and frantically called my landlord.
“Duncan, I don’t want to worry you, but waves keep hitting the house and water is all over the floor.” “Ok, I’ll be right over,” he says. (Duncan is my landlord in real life:)
He arrived and assessed the situation calmly. We went outside and even saw a few people riding a wave happily. As we stepped back into the house he said, “Melissa, this isn’t a big deal. I’m not worried at all. It’s going to be ok.”
And it hit me. My landlord owns this house and he is not worried, so why am I? Immediately my peace returned.
I woke up from my dream and couldn’t shake it. I had been worried about a lot of things.
I laid there in November of 2015, a 32 year old mom of 2 toddlers, who had been a Christian for 13 years. At the time I was dealing with large, unexpected expenses, exhaustion, and other heavy matters my heart felt incapable of carrying any longer.
What happened to me? I thought back to my 19 year old self and envied her a little. She was bright and fun and doggedly optimistic. (and rightfully so … she hadn’t dealt with many waves yet)
Had I really become this cynical, and doubtful person? I was quick to tell you everything that was wrong with my life. Quick to expect the worst. Scared to take any steps of faith—flinching because I knew that a wave could, and would hit at any moment. I thought back over the past few years, and the waves that had hit my life. Some were completely unexpected and larger-than-life, others were smaller, but still discouraging and irritating.
I felt like God was telling me, “Melissa, the waves are going to hit. You’re right about that. But they can’t destroy your life. They can’t destroy the promises I’ve given you. They may inconvenience you. They may seep in and touch your life in ways that you don’t like, but you will stay standing. I will make sure you are still standing.”
Maybe you can relate? Does it seem like as soon as you get over one hurdle another one appears? You take one step forward in a good direction, and a wave comes crashing and sends you two steps back? It can be discouraging to say the least.
But, my love, I sense God saying … keep taking steps forward. Don’t let those waves hold you back. Stand tall, and then press on. There will be set-backs, there will be disappointments-—yes, that’s part of life. But if we press on, I believe the rewards of our steadfast faith will be priceless.
God is in charge. Just like my landlord in my dream … God owns all of it. He’s in control of all of it, and He’s not worried. So why are you?
I am writing an e-book as a reminder to you and to myself that He is in control, He is in this with us. The key is to keep our eyes on Him, and not the waves. They can’t take away what God has for us.
The Waves will be released next month and will be free to download here at Honeybee Ministries.
“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