I, like most of you, have my particular sufferings in COVID. Some of them are far too personal to share of course. There are times when the waves subside and the water is calmer…yet you know you are still in the storm. You are still facing hard things beyond your control but God helps you lay them aside for a time of rest or joy, or even some laughter.
Then a new wave comes. If you have experienced labour, it is kind of like that. But you don’t have to have birthed a child. The Psalmist, King David, says it well in Psalm 69:1, “Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.” In the middle of these waves, you can’t find a better prayer than that line…unless you just say, “Help.”
Maybe you think me dramatic here; maybe you are far better at looking at the bright side and turning away from the sorrow. It is good that you have this gift. We need you. But today, there may be some who need words/prayers for the waves. So, I will take a turn today but please stand by for tomorrow to bring us relief in another way.
I’ve just had God save me in another wave. Funny how you cry after the fact. Relief mixed with fragile and grateful, I think. One of the gifts that this time has brought me is to pray in the waves. I pray, knowing I can’t do a thing. I pray in a way that basically throws my whole self on God. I cry and pray. I pray and cry. More than at any other time in my life, I know that Jesus is so right when He says, “You can’t do anything without me.” So I pray.
I want to encourage you to pray in the waves, especially when they are up to your neck. The Psalm for today is perfect for “wave praying.”
Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need Your help.
Protect me, for I am devoted to You. Save me, for I serve You and trust You.
You are my God.
Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on You constantly.
Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to You.
O Lord, You are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love
for all who ask for Your help.
Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord; hear my urgent cry.
I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and You will answer me.
Psalm 86:1-7 (It goes on. You can go on to read/pray the whole thing if you wish.)
Place yourself in this picture and practice wave praying.
Feel the magnitude of the wave coming toward you with the lie that it will undo you and cry out to God. Feel the water spray your face and your tears join the wet. Be in the wave, unable to really see the wave now – you and the wave are one. This helps you go inside where the Spirit lives in you, where there is strength you didn’t know you had. Allow the lack of ground beneath your feet to help you yield to being held by God.
Jesus is the God of the storm. He is the Hiding Place
Be comforted with this song…and keep calling on your God to bend down and hear your prayers in the waves. He will answer you.
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