30 Dec Day 99: New Year’s Reprieve – Isaiah 43:1-2, by Geoff Reid
I can’t remember my first time at the beach, but I can definitely remember moments when I’ve been dunked. The thought of being tossed about by wave after wave, not knowing which way is up, desperate to emerge so I can finally take a breath, is so horrible that it tightens my chest. When you reflect on 2016, you might be flooded with a similar sensation due to the waves you’ve also faced.
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.”
Amongst the good times, my 2016 had its share of waves, mixed with a few tears. There were even moments where it felt like I would never catch a breath and the waves were going to get the better of me. Looking back at these moments I can see they were the times where I tried to face life on my own. In the past, my nature has been to try to face it all alone until I am exhausted and then turn to God for support, when the reality is He wants to be in the water encouraging, supporting and lifting us when our heads dip below the water.
“You quieted the raging oceans with their pounding waves and silenced the shouting of the nations.”
If this is something you’re relating to, take heart. You don’t have to fight the waves until you’re exhausted; you’re not alone in the ocean. God loves you and wants you to know that He is there beside you. All you have to do is ask. He is the ultimate reprieve, that first breath as you finally break the surface; the one who calms the storm.
“Don’t let these waves wash away your hopes.”
‘Wooden Heart’ by Listener
- Reflect on the ‘waves’ of 2016. How have you seen God at work?
My prayer for you is that 2017 is one of hope – one where through God’s love you find strength you didn’t know you had in you, and one where the moments between storms are filled with peace.
Geoff Reid is a dad by day and ninja by night. His secret lair is located in Newcastle and in his spare time he attends Northlakes Salvos, is a youth leader with WildFire Youth and races dragons.