“I hear the tumult of the raging seas as Your waves and surging tides sweep over me. But each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing His songs, praying to God who gives me life.” –Psalm 42:7-8
Whenever I think about the unfailing love of God, my mind races back to an experience I had a year and a half ago in Piura, Peru on a quaint beach at high tide.
It was like the Spirit drew me away from everyone and deep into the water. The waves started to crash in on me so high that they swept over my head. Normally in this situation, I would be panicking, but this time there was perfect peace. After the waves crashed in, I would float to the top of the water into about a half a foot of sea foam. I started to dance in the water a dance of joy as my senses came alive. The presence of God was more real than it had ever been to me, and I was free – free to dance, squeal, giggle…to be me. There was no dignity about the way I was acting; I was a little girl safe in her Daddy’s arms.
Over the past few days and weeks, God has been pouring this same love over me. To say that He has been surprising me would be an understatement; I am discovering in the deepest parts of me that He is good. Even though there are so many desires inside of me that are yet unfulfilled and a multitude of questions still unanswered, I am learning to praise Him once again…to hope in Him and to simply be a child in His presence, dancing for joy because I am safe in my Daddy’s arms. I am learning that joy is readily available but is still a choice that I can choose in every situation and in every day of my life.
I am thankful that God gives us moments in our experience that establish our understanding of who He is. Whenever I am tempted to doubt God’s love, my heart flies back to Piura, Peru to the quaint little beach where He met me in all His radiance. There can be no question anymore of His love for me, because that day marked my life forever. I discover that He is never far away. I discover that not only that day, but “…each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me…”