Healing comes in waves.
It's a catchy, if not kitschy title, right?
The videos I’m sharing below were filmed at Shore Acres on the southern coast of Oregon, close to my new home. I was able to share this beautiful experience with my wife Jenn.
I’ve always loved waves. Whether they are waves moving through water, or waves moving through energy and congealing into solid state matter, waves have always fascinated me.
When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of you, From Jordan depths to Hermon heights, including Mount Mizar. Chaos calls to chaos, to the tune of whitewater rapids. Your breaking surf, your thundering breakers crash and crush me. Then God promises to love me all day, sing songs all through the night! My life is God’s prayer.” Psalm 42:6-8 MSG
Some of you set sail in big ships; you put to sea to do business in faraway ports. Out at sea you saw God in action, saw his breathtaking ways with the ocean: With a word he called up the wind— an ocean storm, towering waves! You shot high in the sky, then the bottom dropped out; your hearts were stuck in your throats. You were spun like a top, you reeled like a drunk, you didn’t know which end was up. Then you called out to God in your desperate condition; he got you out in the nick of time. He quieted the wind down to a whisper, put a muzzle on all the big waves. And you were so glad when the storm died down, and he led you safely back to harbor. So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves. Lift high your praises when the people assemble, shout Hallelujah when the elders meet!” Psalm 107:23-32 MSG
God stilled the storm, calmed the waves, and he hushed the hurricane winds to only a whisper. We were so relieved, so glad as he guided us safely to harbor in a quiet haven. So lift your hands and give thanks to God for his marvelous kindness and for his miracles of mercy for those he loves!” Psalms 107:29-31 TPT
Suddenly a violent storm developed, with waves so high the boat was about to be swamped. Yet Jesus continued to sleep soundly.” Matthew 8:24 TPT
Waves can be described anatomically, believe it or not! The peak of the wave is called the crest and the bottom of the wave is referred to as the trough, with the distance between these two points being referred to as the length or wavelength.
Speaking from an emotional or spiritual perspective, I can honestly admit that I’ve crested the wave, tumbled down to the trough, and have been turned head over heels in the middle of it.
Life can be like that.
I take solace in the fact that God can speak to the storm and calm the waves, breathing his shalom over the violent waters. He has calmed the waters in my life.
In conclusion, my wife Jenn was sharing with me how moving to the Oregon coast after living in Arizona for 12 years has been healing and cathartic for her. She has now been here in Oregon for 16 years. It was a special moment for me, because it confirmed what God was showing me about healing my heart through his waves of mercy and grace. I am now experiencing new dimensions of God's love and grace, not without pushback. But, I am staying in God’s peace, and avoiding the devil's chaos. I’ve been blessed to experience the highs and lows of life, which I believe are the outworking of God’s grace in my life.
Perhaps you can relate? Leave a comment below!
By His Grace Alone,
Pastor Jeremy E.
*Please forgive my brevity, I am blogging from my iPhone.