At church on Sunday we sang a song that has become one of my favorites.
The song is called “Oceans” and the lyrics are:
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown, where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep, my faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours, and You are mine
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed, and You won't start now
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours, and You are mine
As we were singing the song I began to reflect on the faithfulness of God in my life.
I’ve known and said for a long time that God is the only true thing I can hold onto. With frequent moves, seeing disappointments in people and just a general observation of the challenges of life around me, I learned at a young age that God is the only person that I can fully trust. During the past couple years, I have been in a season of testing and refining the trust I have in God. There were times that God pointed out to me that certain areas of my life where I felt anxious and unsure were just areas that I didn’t fully trust in His faithfulness. It was a challenging season and lasted for about 2-3 years.
At the end of 2012 I began to pray for a word that would define the coming year. In 2013 the word was “Goodness” and I learned a lot about God’s goodness and how it is evident in my life in daily ways. As I was praying for my word for 2014, I felt that the word that would define this year was “Spring.” And in a lot of ways it truly has been spring. There has been a tremendous outpouring of God’s love, faithfulness and provision in my life. Dreams and things that I thought had “died” have been brought back to life with a different focus and purpose than what I originally thought. But, and more importantly, I have been able to recognize God’s faithfulness in my life and how I can transfer the trust I have to him to different situations.
When I go through times of questioning my position or placement, whether physically, relationally, emotionally, etc., I can remember the rock that my life has been built upon. It doesn’t necessarily make it any easier but it gives me a place and strength in which I can stand strong.
The lines of this song that speak the most to me are:
- “And there I find You in the mystery” – It is in when I am put in places where I don’t understand and that seem a mystery to me that I find God’s hand to sustain.
- “Your grace abounds in deepest waters” – When the waters are deepest, when I don’t understand the most, when my fears are the strongest, that is when God’s grace abounds and becomes the “saving grace” that He is.
- “You've never failed, and You won't start now” – He IS Faithful. Having experienced a “track record” of God’s faithfulness I can stand in the promise that he won’t fail me in this, or any, situation either.
- “My soul will rest in Your embrace” – In the arms of our loving Father is where we must rest to face the oceans around us. It is only through maintaining the relationship with our Father that we are able to stand.
The specific situation in which I was questioning this past weekend was relational. As I thought about the depth of love and trust I have built with God over the years, I heard a whisper that the trust and love could be transferred as security in this particular relationship because of the prayer and confirmations I received as that relationship was beginning. Knowing God was leading the process and establishing the beginning gave me strength and confidence to trust the outcome…wherever He would call me.
As part of the “spring” that 2014 is becoming, having the more consistent blessing of hearing God speak in my daily life has been the most rewarding and the biggest blessing I’ve received. I fully understand there are seasons and God sometimes hides his face so that we can have the blessing of seeking Him and finding Him. But there’s something so encouraging in being caught by the love of our daddy God. That’s my prayer for all of us in our current seasons…that God will be found by us and that his love will cover us tangibly, that our soul will rest in His embrace and that He will lead us into the waters we need to see Him.
Discussion: What ways are you experiencing the love of God in your life?