I’m not a great one for travelling in boats. I get seasick. I even managed to get seasick whilst kayaking and also whilst on board a containership that was still in port! I just don’t do well with the motion of the sea. I was taught though that to avoid the need to hang one’s head over the edge of the boat or the thinking that abandoning ship is a good option, you needed to focus on the horizon. To not look at the waves crashing round me or the motion of the boat. You were to look up and see the horizon, the immovable line of the horizon. It would help restore your equilibrium and give you eyes something stable to focus on.
Sometimes life throws you a curve ball, other times it is like a high five….(in the face that is!) Troubles and trials come our way. Circumstances can seem overwhelming or things happen that are just simply unfair. But in these moments and times it is how we respond that will determine how we get through. And that means us lifting our eyes from the crashing waves, from the storm around and to seek out the horizon – to seek God. To put our hope in the unwavering nature of God. To look beyond our present circumstances to Him. To know that despite our circumstances, despite what we’re facing we can be at peace, at rest in God.
We will reach the shore! We will get through.
“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”
“Hope lifts our heads and lowers our shields, it opens the door to our hears and closes the door to fear.” (Mike Maeshiro)
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)