I love to hear the waves and watch the foamy currents race across the shoreline! Going to the beach is an exhilarating experience. Especially exhilarating is to try and walk through the crashing waves yet are constantly knocked off your feet. Sometimes I giggle so hard it makes it impossible to stand back up.
It is such a vivid picture of real life as the currents repeatedly knock you down. And there are times when all you can do is be drug along. Of course, when this happens you are not giggling but perhaps erupting groans can be heard instead (like the time my backside slid down our stairs. The groans erupted loudly!). And standing back up becomes harder and harder.
There are times of spiritual warfare that can sneak up on you without any warning. Like a dark cloud that comes out of nowhere and will not leave. Recently, I had a weekend like that. We are at the two-month mark with my sis-in-law’s home-going and a month since I returned home. My nephew is still waiting for a court decision while he sits in a jail cell for over three years now. His children have gone back to their mother, and my sister and brother-in-law, who had been raising them for almost three years, have not seen them in over six months or heard from them for quite some time now. My daughter and son-in-law have hit many road bumps waiting on a court ruling for our foster grands and what looked like a pretty cut and dry case has become a monster of deceit. Besides all of this, everywhere I turn, my friends are experiencing some hard, hard issues, and losses, and illnesses, and with devastation lurking at their door.
How do we keep trusting or even standing? What about the verse in Jeremiah 29:11 that gives us the hope of a secure future? Maybe we are like the Jews who thought Jesus came to set them free from the Romans, but instead came to set them free from sin. Maybe we need to be more like Daniel (Daniel 6:10-28)! Daniel was a man of prayer. Daniel was a prayer warrior as “. . . he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying AND giving thanks before his God” (v. 10).
Daniel prayed and gave thanks! Daniel knew where his strength lied: spending time in prayer with his God AND giving thanks! Daniel’s purpose was to serve HIS GOD. He understood his purpose for this life – “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21) even when faced with the Lion’s Den!
When our lives are lived for the purpose of glorifying our Heavenly Father, we find strength in prayer and victory in praise just like the army of Jehoshaphat:
. . . he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.”2 Chronicles 20:21
Are you feeling slammed? Be like Daniel, pray and give thanks because His love is everlasting!
I found this quote by Charles Spurgeon after I published this post:
“I have learned to kiss the waves that throw me up against the Rock of Ages.”