Today is part of a series of reflections I wrote on our family trip to Mazatlan over the holidays. A little different from the norm and hopefully interesting enough to read…
8 He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
who turns midnight into dawn
and darkens day into night,
who calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out over the face of the land—
the Lord is his name.
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
I have been away for a few days, enjoying the ocean and the sun with my family. And so my reflections relate to my time away. I was up early one morning (every morning, yet this one morning was different) and I was watching the waves crash onto the beach. I was silent. They were sometimes deafening.
They kept coming. Unrelenting. Unwavering. Consistent. With strength. And conviction. Nothing was going to change them or stop them. The ocean is one of the most powerful forces in existence. And as I stood there in the deafening quiet of the morning, I realized that the ocean has a reliability which connects it to God.
God is the master of the ocean, and Jesus can calm the mighty storms with his voice. His word is the ocean’s command. Jesus is the creator and sustainer of all things (Colossians 1), and so the ocean itself is held together by the Lord Jesus.
The ocean relies fully on God, and the ocean is fully reliable in its place and role in the world. That doesn’t make the ocean predictable, however. It is trustworthy in the sense that it is always the ocean, yet it may surprise you with a current or an undertow or a riptide which, however conceivable, can seem unexpected.
I reflected that I long to rely on God more in my own life, so that I can be increasingly more reliable for God’s use in my world. My ongoing struggle for independence from the Lord often keeps me from the oceanic reliability I admire. I am destined, therefore, to be as reliable to and for God today as I am reliant on him for my sustenance and life-breath and purpose.