The Wave

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you

Is 43:2

The waves were rolling in and their spray glinted in the warm sunshine as they gently crashed and rolled up the sandy beach towards our toes. Don’t you just love a family beach holiday?

‘Let’s go in’ someone suggested and off we headed for at least a paddle. It was glorious.

With us we had two grandchildren who were experiencing the real sea for the first time. After some encouragement they settled into paddling and jumping little waves. Bliss. Then it hit. A larger wave rolled in unnoticed and knocked them both off their feet!

One child screamed and ran for their life up the beach, while the other emerged from the foam squealing with delight and couldn’t wait for the next wave. What different responses.

Life can be like that. Some days an unexpected ‘wave’ hits and leaves us sprawling in the foam. We can’t stop the wave; all we can do is respond confidently to it, because our response shapes a large part of our sense of well-being.

Thankfully, we are not in the waves alone. Jesus is with us, full of grace, hope and love. And our response must reflect that.

So, if life happens and you find yourself rolling in the surf today, God promises to be with you in the waves (Is 43:2). Don’t flee up the beach, turn and face the wave in God’s strength because ‘greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world’ (1 Jn 4:4).



Stephen Matthew is a gifted Bible teacher, author and committed church-builder with over 40 years of experience in Christian ministry.