Along the coast nearby, there is a path which takes you from one bay to another, but in order to navigate a rocky outcrop, this section of path has been built as a walkway raised above the shore.
We were walking along this path during some rough weather. It was a bit risky but we wanted to see the waves rush in beneath us. Each wave was pushing the shingle in and sucking it back out again; entirely at the mercy of the sea. The solid rock face on the other hand was buffeted again and again but there it remained unmoved. Over time it would be smoothed and shaped by the storm, it’s hidden colours revealed.
But as I pondered I knew God was speaking to me about something else; something less obvious. So I pushed in to Him to see what He was showing me and realised that I was looking down on the waves and not across at them as I would normally do. I was seeing the storm from a different perspective and it made me question how I was veiwng my own storms.
If we consider these scriptures:
‘My life is hidden in Christ in God, for I died to this life.’ Colossians 3:3 and,
‘He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in heavenly places because we are united with Christ Jesus!’ Ephesians 2:6,
We see that we are indeed seated with Christ in the heavenly realm and because we have the mind of Christ, we should view things from a heavenly Christ minded perspective!
This will enable us to not only endure the storm but seeing it from this heavenly perspective we will understand it for what it is and see what God is doing with us in and through it.
Returning to the idea of looking down at the storm and referring again to Col 3:3 we see that we should also, because we are human and have our feet planted firmly here on earth and be LOOKING UP! … ’Since you have been raised to a new life with Christ, set your sites on the REALITIES of heaven where Christ sits in the place of honour at God’s right hand.’
So with this in mind I should be proactive in my thinking and not focus on the storm but focus on heavenly things and learn to trust God’s purposes and dealings with me. Now I’m not saying that it is God that sends the storms (Jesus certainly found himself in one and look what we learnt from that!) But they happen and we grow in them.
‘For who has known the mind and purposes of the Lord, so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ to be guided by His thoughts and purposes.’ Corinthians 2:16
And finally a prayer from Ephesians:
’I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.’ Ephesians 316-19
Along with these thoughts on the storm runs a second thread of thought which is that of power. We not only see the power of the waves, but we have the fullness of power that comes from God in order to come through any storm. To overcome. To stand firm as rock. To be made beautiful in Him through it.