Don’t turn your back

2012 is just 15 days away. I’m back in Genesis, reading through the Bible again.

We can learn something about His character from every word in His story. When we pray while we read the Bible, God surprises us with fresh understanding. I had a precious time of prayer with my friend this week. As we prayed through Psalm 98 we each experienced “Aha!” moments, directly from the Word and from each other’s prayers, born from what we read aloud.

We don’t meet long. We don’t share much. We get our cuppa whatever, open our Bibles, and pray. No requests, just prayer. It’s a treasured 45 minutes out of my month and I want to share a moment with you.

Psalm 98:7 “Let the sea roar and all it contains, …”

As I those words aloud an old memory became new;

a little girl at the beach in a funky bathing suit with ribbons in her hair, her Dad watching her like a guard dog. “Suzanne, remember, never turn your back on the ocean. It looks calm now, but you never know when it will get rough or a big wave will come crashing in.”

Then a quote about Aslan from The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe came to mind.

 “Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

I love the ocean, swimming, body surfing, snorkeling, and playing in the sand; but as beautiful as it is, as calm as it can appear, as much comfort and joy as I feel when I can sit and stare at it’s magnificence, just like God, it isn’t safe. God can be like the soft waves lapping up against the sand or like great foaming mountains that thunder and crash against the rocks. He’s not safe, but He is good.

“Suzanne, remember, never turn your back on God. You never know what’s coming.”

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