Don't Fear Blue Water

Men's Gatekeepers

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by: Kurt Taffin

03/26/2020

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Don’t Fear Blue Water

Several years ago, my family and I traveled to the east coast of Virginia for a long-awaited vacation that couldn’t come soon enough. Driving the flat interstates of the east only gives an out of town traveler like me an endless row of densely thick hardwoods to stare at. Upon staring at the tall, deciduous, green trees I wondered just what I would see when the trees stopped. Gradually getting closer to our destination the tension rose. The nervous excitement that builds in ones’ character was developing. What would I see on the other side of them? Would it be what I had anticipated—because I came expecting...

At this moment people all over the country are experiencing many of the same economic and culture concerns. In combination to the global pandemic of COV-19 virus there are concerns of job loss, government structure, Country, times of war, uncertainty of stability, and our economy. Much like driving those eastern interstates we sometimes swerve issues like swerving through traffic. Speeding up or slowing down all the time to get around a slow mover or let someone by that's just in a hurry all the while still only concerned about where we are going and our own agenda. Or catching a glimpse of the beautiful scenery through a brief break in the trees, if only for a moment, wanting to be there— just like wanting and having an environment we enjoy and thrive in every day. But before we can see it we have to get there first, don’t we? We have to plan. We have to communicate. We have to drive. And by driving, I mean having a destination or goal. Being genuinely concerned about others and where they’re going. Helping and building one another up along the way. Guiding each other when needed. Giving those around us directions and humbly suggesting the best routes to take. The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” Furthermore, by serving whether at work or home and during these times of social isolation.

…As the ocean came near the warm humid air felt good while the unfamiliar smell of salt water filled our noses. The anticipation was about to become a reality. The Atlantic was breathtaking. As far as the eye could see was the deep turquoise, smooth and endless water. The blue sky blended into the ocean so well a horizon could hardly be noticed. White waves struck the sandy beach leaving seashells every splash. This was truly awesome because God is awesome. Because God created it. We could never have imagined the vastness and beauty of it all. It surpassed all our preconceived notions and expectations. Remarkable.

Deuteronomy 31:8 says “He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” As we learn to truly lean on God, something might happen that totally blows us away that we were never expecting.

Believers let me say we must extend equally our dedication to God whether vacationing or combating the current crises all the while executing our part in His Kingdom. To make God known even in these times of discouragement and isolation to be a beacon of light in leading others to see the extraordinary God we serve. I can only imagine how the disciples felt when the sabbath past after Christ’s death. The time from sundown Friday to sunrise on Sunday must have been dark, empty, desperate days for them. Just like God had an eternal plan for His son, he has a plan for us during times of uncertainty. Through the Father’s eternal plan, we have been given the spirit of Truth, not fear to continue Jesus’ ministry. If we are not willing to drive, we’ll never get there. We’ll miss out, regretting what we could have done.

My hope in closing is that you find rest in Gods perfect love. John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Kurt


Don’t Fear Blue Water

Several years ago, my family and I traveled to the east coast of Virginia for a long-awaited vacation that couldn’t come soon enough. Driving the flat interstates of the east only gives an out of town traveler like me an endless row of densely thick hardwoods to stare at. Upon staring at the tall, deciduous, green trees I wondered just what I would see when the trees stopped. Gradually getting closer to our destination the tension rose. The nervous excitement that builds in ones’ character was developing. What would I see on the other side of them? Would it be what I had anticipated—because I came expecting...

At this moment people all over the country are experiencing many of the same economic and culture concerns. In combination to the global pandemic of COV-19 virus there are concerns of job loss, government structure, Country, times of war, uncertainty of stability, and our economy. Much like driving those eastern interstates we sometimes swerve issues like swerving through traffic. Speeding up or slowing down all the time to get around a slow mover or let someone by that's just in a hurry all the while still only concerned about where we are going and our own agenda. Or catching a glimpse of the beautiful scenery through a brief break in the trees, if only for a moment, wanting to be there— just like wanting and having an environment we enjoy and thrive in every day. But before we can see it we have to get there first, don’t we? We have to plan. We have to communicate. We have to drive. And by driving, I mean having a destination or goal. Being genuinely concerned about others and where they’re going. Helping and building one another up along the way. Guiding each other when needed. Giving those around us directions and humbly suggesting the best routes to take. The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” Furthermore, by serving whether at work or home and during these times of social isolation.

…As the ocean came near the warm humid air felt good while the unfamiliar smell of salt water filled our noses. The anticipation was about to become a reality. The Atlantic was breathtaking. As far as the eye could see was the deep turquoise, smooth and endless water. The blue sky blended into the ocean so well a horizon could hardly be noticed. White waves struck the sandy beach leaving seashells every splash. This was truly awesome because God is awesome. Because God created it. We could never have imagined the vastness and beauty of it all. It surpassed all our preconceived notions and expectations. Remarkable.

Deuteronomy 31:8 says “He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” As we learn to truly lean on God, something might happen that totally blows us away that we were never expecting.

Believers let me say we must extend equally our dedication to God whether vacationing or combating the current crises all the while executing our part in His Kingdom. To make God known even in these times of discouragement and isolation to be a beacon of light in leading others to see the extraordinary God we serve. I can only imagine how the disciples felt when the sabbath past after Christ’s death. The time from sundown Friday to sunrise on Sunday must have been dark, empty, desperate days for them. Just like God had an eternal plan for His son, he has a plan for us during times of uncertainty. Through the Father’s eternal plan, we have been given the spirit of Truth, not fear to continue Jesus’ ministry. If we are not willing to drive, we’ll never get there. We’ll miss out, regretting what we could have done.

My hope in closing is that you find rest in Gods perfect love. John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Kurt


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3 Comments on this post:

Bill Schoen

That's very comforting in a time of anxiety. Thanks for sharing that ages old truth.

Aunt Rhonda

Thank you Kurt for your calming, reassuring words. God is in control and He will see us through this. God bless you and your family.

Jeaneen McLaren

Kurt it is just as important to remember the first part of the Deuteronomy 31:8 It states the Lord himself goes before you and will be with you always