Waves of Uncertainty

Waves of Uncertainty

Originally Published:  November 6, 2020

This year has been filled with many adversities, hardships, uncertainties, and disappointments. Would it not be great just to get away for a few days and clear our minds of all the chaos that is going on around us? One of my favorite places to get away with my family and clear my thoughts is Southport, NC. Southport is a quaint little town that is located on the coast in Southeastern North Carolina, where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean.

One of my favorite past times on my visits to Southport is to just sit in one of the swings along the intercoastal waterway and watch the cargo ships coming and going. On one of our trips, as I sat watching the huge vessels, I began to ponder about the heavy load that many of the ships are carrying. Some have cargo containers stacked so high that it makes you wonder how they are able to keep the load afloat. Then I noticed the waves pounding into the ships as they carry their load through the bay. The water around the ship, in all its vastness and waves of uncertainty, appear that it could easily swallow up the ships at any moment as they carry their heavy load.

It was then that I was reminded of the scripture found in Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” (NKJV) It’s just like the old saying that ships do not sink because of the water around them. Ships sink because of the water that gets in them. When I think about all of the trials that we have endured during this year and all of the uncertainty that we are still facing, I am so thankful that because of my relationship with Jesus Christ, I can face all of the uncertainty of life. Jesus Christ my Lord will be with me every step of the way. I can look back on the heavy load I have been carrying and all of the problems in the sea of life that I have faced and know that I have made it this far because Jesus has never let me down.

Today, I am reminded that just like the ships out on the ocean in the darkest of night, if they will follow the light of the lighthouse, they will be safely led to shore. For me, Jesus is my lighthouse in which I trusted many years ago when I knelt and surrendered my life to Him. The sin burden that I carried was all washed away when I prayed to receive Jesus Christ as the light of my life. No longer do I have to be burdened down with the heavy load of this life or fear of the troubled waters of uncertainty that surrounds me. Jesus gave me a promise to be with me all the way! If you have trusted Jesus as your Savior, you also have that same promise today.

Going through the rough waters of this world will either cause you to drown or grow stronger. If you try to go in your own strength, you are more than likely going to drown. If you invite Jesus to go with you, He will protect you all the way.

When this old life is getting me down and I feel like I am about to drown from all of the burdens, I am reminded that Jesus is still the captain of my life’s ship, and He will safely sail me through! One day, if we trust and follow Jesus as our Lord, He will lead us to that wonderful city called Heaven, where there will be no more adversities, hardships, uncertainties, disappointments, or sin. How true are the words of the old hymn “Won’t it be wonderful there”!

Dale Hendricks
Senior Pastor
Shady Grove Baptist Church
Cherryville, NC

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