This week, my family and I are packing for a beach trip. While I’m thankful for an opportunity to disconnect, I long even more to be in a place where I feel the Holy Spirit is tangible. I’m convinced—these feet are shaped for standing on sandy shores, contemplating the miles of majesty in an emerald green sea.
Looking out, there is something perplexing and mysterious, yet certain and timeless. Today, this has me thinking of the tides. What I’m learning is that it all boils down to gravity and forces pulling in and out, causing water to ‘bulge’ in high tide, and later retract in a low tide. There’s meaning here…
TO EVERYTHING there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven
[Ecclesiastes 3:1 AMP]
If we consider the rising and falling of the tides as our lives in highs and lows, we must also think about the ‘between’ time where the ocean continues ‘as is.’ Our lives, as they are, may have us going through the motions. They can seem long and daunting in the between times.
Right now, my family is in this place—living between the tides. Maybe you’re there, too. Think on this…
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from beginning to end.
[Ecclesiastes 3:11 AMP]
Every single change concerning us — the time, season, moments of it — is unalterably fixed. While we get caught up in moments, God does not.
There will be a time when your lowest valley will meet your highest mountain. Your clouded sky will be clear again. Your longest night will give way to morning.
But, you must stay there, in that place. And, you must trust that God’s protective care includes keeping you there. His providence may require that you weep and mourn. But, listen to this—Joy Follows Sorrow. The sun will burst from behind the cloud. High tide is coming.
I know that whatever God does, it endures forever; nothing can be added to it nor taken from it. And, God does it so that men will [reverently] fear Him [revere and WORSHIP Him, knowing that He is]
[Ecclesiastes 3:14 AMP]
This is what we do between the tides. We live where we are and become settled in it—no matter what. And we WORSHIP. We do this because there is permanency to what God is doing right now. The things you cannot see? They have eternal value!
The reputation of God is like gold. It’s the path of the sun’s sparkle, early in the morning, streaming across the ocean’s surface.
Our worship is more than a song. Our evenness of mind, in every ebb and flow—THAT is our worship. It is a dependable expectation. It’s our hearts and our minds in harmony, declaring together—‘the decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree’ [Psalm 19:9 MSG].
Jesus, may we wait with patience for the full discovery of that which to us seems hard and confusing and sometimes unfair. Set our minds to worship today. In you, we have a lifetime guarantee of perfect provision…a plan put into place from the very beginning.