Deep the waves may be and cold,
But Jehovah is our refuge,
And His promise is our hold;
For the Lord Himself has said it,
He, the faithful God and true:
“When you come to the waters
You will not go down, but through.”
Sea of sorrow, sea of trial,
Bitter anguish, fiercest pain,
Rolling surges of temptation
Sweeping over heart and brain –
They will never overflow us
For we know His word is true;
All His waves and all His billows
He will lead us safely through.
Threatening breakers of destruction,
Doubt’s insidious undertow,
Will not sink us, will not drag us
Out to ocean depths of woe;
For His promise will sustain us,
Praise the Lord, whose Word is true!
We will not go down, or under,
For He says, “You will pass through.”
– Annie Johnson Flint
If you’ve read Megan’s latest post, you’ll learn what this season is about – unemployment, moving home, transitioning away from Ireland, and most of all, learning to be content in the mess. And I couldn’t agree more. It’s a huge season of unknowns, a desert season where it can be a whole lot easier to look at the barren land than to trust in the Living Water.
For me, moving home for me started out to be much easier than I ever anticipated. The only way I can make sense of it all is that the Lord was answering many, many prayers about this move. I was able to approach the holidays joyfully, being filled with family time, movies, lots of food, and catching up with friends. I couldn’t have asked for more.
But now, as life settles in and the traveling around slows down, I’m beginning to see how quickly this season is going to be a desert.
I’m far too much a figure-it-out kind of girl. I like to keep moving and when the Lord reminds you to be still, it makes for some anxious moments, some bended knee prayers, and learning (over & over & over again) to trust in the Lord who said
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you” Isaiah 43:2
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent” Exodus 14:14
Whether trials come from the smallest things like motivation to write a cover letter or wondering how financially you’ll make it through the month – big or small – God is greater. We will not sink, we will not reach the ocean floor because our God is a Father who will not let His children go under, but instead lead us straight on through.
So while the desert may feel long and the ocean may feel wide, the moment you step forth in His Word & resting in His Truth, the distance won’t seem so paralyzing. The hurry and the anxiety to figure it out becomes a peaceful journey – a journey where hardships produce character and lead to a life that may not be safe & comfortable, but that’s filled with far more adventures than you can possibly imagine.
I’ve been in need of this reminder the last few weeks, remembering The Lord will open every path as we come to them. Anyone who has been through the job hunt can probably agree with me here, it sucks. So instead of sitting in how much I dislike it, I trying to take this to be a daily lesson, a reminder in the moments of ‘how’ or ‘what if’s’. A reminder at the start of every morning, after every rejection email, & every application sent out – that God is faithful. That the unknowns to us are fully known to Him. And instead of fighting against it, I’m learning what it means to be content in every situation – to trust in His will with open hands, even when it looks differently than I’d imagine. Because, ultimately, every desire & every hope is safest with Him anyways. Most of all, my prayer is for us all to remember that even when the desert has no end in sight, or the oceans rising seems unbearable, we will not go down, but through.
I may not have answers (who am I kidding, I definitely don’t have any answers right now), and I may have desires greater than what a 9-5 job looks like, but I also believe there is excitement in this season. There is a renewed joy in trusting the Lord with the finest of details, in stepping out of the boat & into the storm with eyes locked on Him. So, let’s keep embracing this mess. Let’s keep looking ahead to the open desert and know that out there, the Lord’s stream is flowing, we only have to keep walking.