Navigating Life’s Ocean: Personal Growth and Divine Faithfulness



One morning on the trip, as I sat alone, eating my huevos rancheros breakfast, I found myself holding back tears. I know, it’s not the typical image you’d expect – the girl crying by herself over breakfast. But that was me today. And you know what? That’s okay. We all have those moments, and they’re just as important as the mountain-top highs we experience.

As I sat there, I found my gaze drawn to the ocean waves. They’re a constant, aren’t they? Always there, always moving, always faithful. They reminded me of God’s faithfulness. Even in the moments when we feel like we’re drowning, there’s always a wave that can take us back to shore. We just have to start paddling.

Over the last four years, I’ve experienced my fair share of highs and lows. I’ve had seasons of waiting for the wave to ride to shore, and seasons where I felt like I was being tossed around by the waves. I’ve gone through periods of building, stretching, and discomfort that don’t always get talked about, but are so necessary for growth.

And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about growth, it’s that true character is built in the trenches. It’s built in the waiting for the wave to come. It’s built when we’re out in the ocean, feeling lost and alone, and we decide to start paddling anyway.

As I sat there with my fancy breakfast and beautiful view, I found myself feeling thankful. Thankful for the trenches, for the waiting, for the waves that have carried me to where I am today. Because without them, I wouldn’t be the person I am now. I wouldn’t have the strength, the resilience, or the faith that I have today.

So, if you’re out there in the ocean right now, waiting for a wave to take you to shore, I want to encourage you to start paddling. Start moving. Start growing. Because every wave, every trench, every moment of waiting is an opportunity for growth. And remember, just like the ocean waves, God’s faithfulness is constant. He’s there with you, in the highs and the lows, in the waiting and the moving. And He’s got a wave ready to take you to shore.

Keep paddling. Your wave is coming.

August 6, 2023

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