Have you ever felt as though you were all alone? Have you ever felt like you’re invisible in a world filled with millions of people? Although you may be successful. You may have a great family, friends, husband, and/ or children you just feel as though no one sees you or hears you. Like your situation and problems are growing higher and higher, and you are sinking deeper and deeper. You feel that you can no longer keep your head above the water. I can totally relate. I believe that at one point of time we have all been there.
I recently went to Miami for a bachelorette party to celebrate the future nuptials of my brother and his fiancé. As expected, one of the first places we went to was the beach. If you know me – you know that I am not the beach type. I am just not that girl that loves to lie out in the sun and play in a body of water filled with creatures that can harm you or better yet eat you. However, this trip was not about me, so if the bride to be wanted to go to the beach – I was going to the beach and I was going to enjoy every minute of it.
Eventually we all moved from the sandy beach into the water. Although I wasn't excited about getting in the water. After a while I became more and more comfortable laughing and talking with the other girls. For a moment I forgot all about the water creatures, my weave, my makeup, and more importantly the waves. I had forgotten that the deeper I went – the higher the waves would become. I had become so distracted by the conversation that I wasn’t aware or prepared when a large wave came through. I was caught off guard because although I was in the water, I wasn't focused on the water. I had put my attention on the conversation and my other surroundings. So, somehow I made it over the small waves, but I wasn’t strong enough to take on the large wave and before I knew it took me under. In the 10 seconds or more that I was underneath the water- I thought to myself, “Lord, don’t let me drown?” “Oh, Lord my make up!” “Please don’t take my new glasses” And most serious of them all…. “I can’t lose my weave, Lord.” I felt trapped. As I came from the wave of course my initial instinct was to spit out the disgusting salt water and wipe my burning eyes. And to thank God that I survived.
Meanwhile, as I am trying to regain my composer; two of the girls that were traveling with us were like “I have never seen someone come up from the water so cute!” We all started to laugh and joke about what just happened. But honestly I was just glad to come out on the other side. I was laughing now, but I was in panic mode just a few seconds ago. Some of them didn't even noticed that I was in trouble. And others may have assumed that I would be ok. Although I was there with a group of my family and peers; in the moment that wave hit, I was in trouble and in that moment I felt all alone.
I don’t know what you may be going through today….You may be feeling like me when I was under the water- like you’re drowning and you’re all alone in this great, big world. You may be feeling as though you have messed up so badly that you could never make things right. Or that you are in so deep that you can no longer keep your head above the water. That you are so far gone that not even God can get you out of this mess. You may be thinking about what others may think of you. Your friends and family may have written you off and gave up on you. But God never forgot you. He can wipe away the reproach from your life. He can and will restore you. He will make you like new. He’s so great that others will look at your testimony and your faithfulness and be amazed, motivated, and encouraged by all that you have overcome. If He did it for me, He can and will do it for you.
Although, I have overcome a lot of waves in my life. At times I too still feel overwhelmed and defeated; but when I begin to feel week, and start to lose hope- I remember these words that God spoke to me: “For you are my sheep and I am your master. Although you may walk astray- I have never taken my eyes off of you. You have been branded with my name. My heart’s desire is to shower you with my love, my presence, and my peace. I am your Father. Here to protect you, guide you, nurture you, and at times correct you. Even when you can’t feel me or hear me, I am here. Never forget my faithfulness towards you. Because I will never leave you alone.”
When you feel as though you’re in too deep; call on His name. Reach out for Him. Hold on to Him. Trust Him. And know that He will never fail you. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. ” If you can only take your eyes off your problems and place your eyes on Him. Give it all to Him. Trust that He will see you through the storm and carry you over the waves. Expect a change, expect a miracle, and expect a new start. You will come out on the other side stronger, greater, and more powerful than before. Trust me.... better yet trust Him!