It was a sunny day at the beach and this beach bum had to catch some waves with her boogie board. As I swam farther out into the beautiful waves I thought about life and the adventures that I would have in the future. I could see my Aunt off in the distance coming into the ocean and my cousin Emma floating on her board a few feet away. My aunt called to us to come closer to the shore. I tried swimming closer and I kept getting pulled under the crashing waves. That is when the trouble started. I realized just how far I was out in the ocean. The waves crashed and crashed and I kept getting pulled under and pulled under. I was caught in a riptide. I began yelling for help! My parents were not able to come help save me because they can not swim. So they had rely on strangers to come and rescue me.
I think back on the incident and can see how often times we think we are in control of our lives. We think our way is the better God’s way. We often don’t start asking God for help until we are in our own riptide moment, which is in over our heads. When you are being pulled under by waves crashing into you, the only person that can help you in that instance is God. Life is full of wave moments where hard times come. We have to realize that we are not the ones in control.
As women we like to have a plan and a plan for the back up plan. But sometimes our plans or our riptide moments in life we have no control over. That is where God’s dynamic love of provision comes in.
"And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus."
God supplies all of our needs. He is there when the world is hard. He is there when we are facing obstacles that seem like we can not go on. His love provides all of our needs.
"Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all."
God says do not worry. A lot of time as women we doubt God’s provision and sovereignty over our current life circumstances. We get big thoughts in our heads that we are in these situations alone. Let me tell you girlfriend, I am currently going through it now. I have been doubting God this past week that he would not help me find a place to live during my last semester of graduate school. It seems silly doesn’t it? Why would I think that God would not provide a housing opportunity? He supplies all of my needs. He says do not be anxious. So when I am anxious and I am constantly worrying about things and not prayerfully relying on God to help me make my decision I am showing God that I doubt his love for me.
The Lord also in his provision protects us. When I was going through that crazy riptide only God was the one that could protect me in that situation and provide a way out of that situation. He says in his word:
Isaiah 41:10 "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Do you hear that FEAR NOT! God’s love provides protection and provision for us. He will strengthen us and help us through our riptide moments of life as well as happy moments of life.
In that crazy riptide. When I thought all hope was lost and I had been stranded swimming in the water for 30 minutes trying to stay above water. I felt something touch my arm, it was a rescuer, he picked me up and carried me to shore. God’s provision was profound in this moment. He supplied all I needed at that moment. People around me that could swim and rescue me, strong swimming skills to stay above water, and so much more. If God had not put those people next to us at the beach I don’t think I would be here today. His provision protected me. If God can do that in my life. Just think about the ways that God has provided for you and protected you from instances in your life. So soak in God’s dynamic love of provision. He is waiting for you!