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      When The Waves Grow Fierce Around Me


      I had the best of intentions.

      I had every thought of writing a nice, new “STRETCHY” post last night for you today, and then my plans kind of got derailed.

      There have been a few things going on in my world the past few days that have caused a little higher amplitude to the normally steady, manageable waves I’m used to experiences.  Sometimes, life causes us to experience fear, anger, anxiety, disappointment, and fatigue.  I think I’ve felt a little bit of each of these things over the past few days.

      Instead of writing a nice, new “STRETCHY” post, I’m left writing something with more rawness.  I hope you don’t mind.

      I wish I could fix things.

      I wish I could mend relationships.

      I wish I could tear down walls.

      I wish I could heal wounds.

      I wish I could make scars vanish.

      I wish I could snap click my heals together three times and be home.

      I wish I could sleep soundly.

      I wish I could just make it all better.

      But I can’t.  I can’t do any of these things.  I wish it wasn’t so, but there are times when I need these reminders.  I need to be reminded that I can’t do it all.

      But I know the One who can.

      I know the One who can fix things (even if I don’t understand the remedy).

      I know the One who can repair relationships.

      I know the One who can tear down walls.

      I know the One who can heal all wounds.

      I know the One who provides the security of home we are all looking for.

      I know the One who provides perfect rest.

      I know the One who can make it all better.

      And it’s this knowledge – it’s this One – that keeps me from being swallowed up by the giant waves of life.  And this is right where I need to be right now.

      The nice, new “STRETCHY” post will have to wait for another day, because this is all I have for now.

      In my distress I called upon the Lordto my God I cried for help.  From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.  Psalm 18:6

      Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below.