It’s funny how some of your hardest moments can come with the greatest of peace. How your darkest hours can have the brightest hope. It’s still rough & terrible, but I don’t think my faith has ever been any stronger because finally I truly know there is light.
I’ve been thinking about sailing a lot. About the metaphors and ideas that naturally come with a ship weathering the storm. How setting your course and holding fast to anchor is so important.
Though we might get blown off course from time to time, I’m thankful to have God as my compass. To right my path and set my heading toward. To anchor me in my times of need and to be praised for His blessings, even in the middle of the storm.
I am not defined by the wounds I carry, I am defined by the strengths & healing that results from being forged through the fire. From surviving the storm. From sailing out of foul weather with a resounding thankfulness. I am defined by the man I am in Christ, and I always want that to define me. To connect me to others, and to be the root of the relationships I have.
It isn’t always easy, and it’s harder than I ever thought it could be if I’m being honest. There are dark & weak moments. There are waves that crash and lightning that strike that dampen my spirits. Sometimes writing about it helps. Sometimes nothing helps. There is just pain and fear in the heart of a storm, but I’ve learned more than ever there is always God. There is always safety and strength in Him, and it is Him that I turn to first. Even when it feels like nothing helps.
It reminds me of Peter walking on the water, in the storm. When he set foot on the water and walked to Jesus the winds swirled around him, the waves white capped and broke. But he walked, he walked safe & strong while he looked at the Lord. It was only when he took his eyes off of Jesus that the fear took hold. That the doubt swept him up.
So with eyes focused on Him, we can walk. We can walk through any storm. We can ignore the fears and doubt. It doesn’t mean we won’t feel the wind rage, or get sprayed by the crashing waters. But it does mean we are safe. It means we’re trusting Him above all else & loving Him more. And sometimes that’s all we can hold onto.
Through the storm. In the peace. It is always worth it to have faith in Him. To be positive in His plan & be grateful in the Lord. Always. He is the restoration. He is the healing. And He makes all things bloom in His time. Always.