“In 1952, young Florence Chadwick stepped into the waters of the Pacific Ocean off Catalina Island, determined to swim to the shore of mainland California. She’d already been the first woman to swim the English Channel both ways. The weather was foggy and chilly; she could hardly see the boats accompanying her. Still, she swam for fifteen hours. When she begged to to be taken out of the water along the way, her mother, in a boat alongside, told her she was close and that she could make it. Finally, physically and emotionally exhausted, she stopped swimming and was pulled out. It wasn’t until she was on the boat that she discovered the shore was less than half a mile away. At a news conference the next day, she said “All I could see was the fog…..I think if I could have seen the shore, I would have made it.” (Taken from the book “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn)
Have you ever felt this way in life? Where is the shoreline? What is at the shoreline? Will I make it to the shoreline? HOW will I make it to the shoreline? The shoreline we ache to see is Jesus. That longing in our hearts is to be with Jesus in the place place He is preparing for us.
Today I was reading about how God’s Word is alive and active in us. It accomplishes things. When we take in His Word, The Holy Spirit is at work. Check out the beauty of this passage:
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my Word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11
Today I was having trouble seeing the shoreline in area of my life, so I asked God to quicken His Word in me, let it water my soul as His Word says it will, so that I could really begin to take it into my belief system and this is what He gave me:
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34
Maybe you’ve heard this verse a million times and it seems cliche and unmeaningful. Or, maybe you’re reading it for the first time. Either way, something is accomplished in us when we choose not to just read His Word, but receive it in our spirit and apply it to our lives. This was just what I needed for today. And guess what? When I looked at today’s worries- there really weren’t any! Everything I was concerned about involved tomorrow, or the next day , or the day after that! So thank you God for teaching me to trust you even when I’m tired of swimming and can’t see the shoreline! Now, I’m going to go outside and play with my kids!