Monday, September 19, 2016

Waterfalls and Waves

“My soul is downcast within me…Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” Psalm 42:6-7

I lay in bed and cried. My husband had no idea what to say, and I couldn’t explain what was going on. My heart and mind struggled with accepting that God’s answer to my cherished prayer was, “No.”

I could remain sad and angry, or accept God’s will and move on, trusting Him.

He is God, by the very virtue of His name, the Creator and Ruler of the universe, the Name at the sound of which “every knee shall bow and every tongue confess.” Only He knows why some things must be and why some things will never be. The reasons may have to wait for heaven—a lifetime of not understanding—of accepting and moving forward.

Verse seven reveals the all-powerful, sovereign God, the One who is above all other powers, the Name above all names, the One who controls the immense and raging might of a waterfall.

Many years ago, we stood, at a look-out point atop the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. It was awesome, beautiful and terrifying at the same time. We held tight to the hands of our children unless fascinated, they should lean over the railing too far and be swept away.

Victorious living requires me to reach that point where I submit myself wholly to the will of God. I must accept what He has allowed, even if His reasons are not revealed until eternity.

Notice when the writer says the waves and breakers swept over him, Who controls and owns them. The Master of the mighty waves that threaten to sweep me away and fill me with fear and dread, is none other than the sovereign God who inspires awe by His mastery of the waterfall’s power.

When waves threaten to overcome… When dreams, hopes, and plans seem swept away, leaving no hope… Look to God, who controls all things. Remember His everlasting love. Do not fear the events which swirl outside human ability to check and contain. God is in control.

© Copyright by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman, October 28, 2011

About the author:
Norma Gail is the author of the contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, winner of the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 40 years. They have two adult children.
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  1. So many times I have to keep saying that God is in control....and many times I have given things/people over to God. Faith is the key. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Accepting god' swill is a continual process. We are called to surrender many times throughout our lives. Keep on trusting!

  2. It IS a continual process! I also have had the moment recently where I cried as I asked Him why He said "no" to my dream. It is hard with only our human understanding to accept that and know He has our best in mind. Day by day - that is all I can do! Thank you so much for a wonderful reminder of His goodness. :)

    1. I am so glad it was meaningful to you. Our faith definitely grows in stages, some painful. I can say that many of God's no's have turned out to be wonderful blessings as I get farther down the road. God bless you!

  3. Norma Gail, what a lovely lesson reminding us God is soverign and knows exactly where we are in life. Even in the dark hours because it is difficult to hear no to a dream. I've been there and know there'll be more times of hearing no but I must keep trusting and let my faith grow deeper. Thank you for the beautiful reminder with this devotional. God bless.

  4. I truly believe in God's perfect plan and His perfect timing but we all have moments when our faith is challenged. Thanks for an inspiring Monday devotional.