A couple of years ago we were blessed with a trip to Hawaii. While there was much to experience, our daily rhythm generally included visiting a beach. My son and I would spend hours boogie boarding in the waves.
The waves we found were satisfactory, but became a bit mundane after a couple of days. Then a high-surf warning came upon us. We were so excited! The waves at the first beach we went to were actually closed to tourists, and for good reason. They were huge! The waves at the second beach were fortunately open “at your own risk.” The experience was thrilling! Sure we broke a few boards, and tumbled underwater in the sand a few times! But what a great memory.
The circumstances in our lives may be very similar to the waves in the ocean. Comfortable circumstances, which rarely exist, can quickly become boring and unfruitful. Dangerous circumstances should have limits placed around them and avoided.
God is generally in the business of preparing thrilling circumstances for our days! Jesus came to give us a thrilling and abundant life. The apostle Paul reminds us through Jesus we can do all things. James even encourages us to rejoice in our challenges, as they bring so much life!
May we embrace the thrill of the waves of life. Whether simply getting all of your kids to bed on time, or keeping the refrigerator stocked, or taking the time to counsel and pray during frustrating situations. These experiences of every day, even the terrifying ones, can draw us closer to our Savior and closer to each other. As a result, our faces will shine not only with the radiance of the Hawaiian sun, but the radiance of His glory!