Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mightier than these...

(It's not like it takes a whole lot but...)
The ocean boggles my mind - the rising and falling of the tides, the constancy of it's motion, the strength of it's waves but mostly it is the sheer immensity of it.

When we flew out of L.A. to Hawaii it was a six hour flight. We cleared land in about ten minutes which left us over the Pacific for six hours; it's something like 2500 miles of water! The Pacific stretches from the Bering Strait in the North down to the Southern Ocean by the South Pole, and from the coast of North and South America to Asia! It covers, all by itself, 1/3 of the earths total surface! It's big! (I had to include a map, it's both the teacher and the amazement in me, but it's relative I promise! The Pacific is so big that all 30,000 islands in it's waters, including big ones like New Zealand and Japan, added together, have land surface that only amounts to one-quarter of one percent of the ocean's surface area!)

The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength...The mighty oceans have roared, O Lord. The mighty oceans roar like thunder; the mighty oceans roar as they pound the shore. But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore - the Lord above is mightier than these. (Psalms 93: 1, 3-4)

What violently rages in our lives?
What colossal waves crash into our souls trying to pound us to pieces?
What comes at us ceaselessly wearing us down like the erosion of a beachfront?
Whatever these things are - the Lord is mightier than these.

The whale of a problem that I am facing; that is way beyond my ability to solve or even comprehend - that fills my heart like a humpback in a bathtub - the Lord is mightier than these. A whale in the Pacific is nothing to the vastness of that ocean; so also are the things that paralyze us with indecision and fear - the Lord is mightier than these.

I wish you were sitting here with me - looking at the ocean, mist spraying across my Bible as I read these words and witness the power before me knowing that if I were to go out into this surf my strength would be of no use against its power. But as my strength is to the ocean so is God's power to the power of the ocean, because the Lord is mightier than these.

Even if we humanly can, with our maps and our experiences, comprehend the immensity of the oceans, the Lord is mightier!

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable! (Psalms 145:3)

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