Have you ever felt like God has left you hanging? That He just seems to continue to bless others and answer others, while overlooking you? If you have, then you’re not alone. I’ve been there many times. In fact, I’m sure I’ll be there again. It seems to be part of God’s plan.
Take a look at what King David said…
Psalm 13:1 “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?”
Psalm 69:1-3 “Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.
Wow! Even King David had times He felt forgotten, overwhelmed and left hanging. David knew what a Hold Down felt like. I wonder…did King David ever surf? LOL
I remember first learning to surf when I use to live in California. When the waves would take me down I would get overwhelmed and would fight them trying to find my way back to the top. Fighting always caused me to lose air and my hope way to fast. I was confused at how all the other surfers could stay for hours and never become as worn out as me. They could stay for hours and I would have to leave after only a few waves.
Finally, a local surf who had been watching me for a few days came over and taught me a great lesson. He taught me that everyone in the water gets caught under big waves but the secret to survival is not found in fighting them. He went on to teach me that I just needed to allow the wave to take me wherever it wanted. The wave was in control and fighting was futile. He taught me to put my arms around my head in order to protect myself from injuries and said to just relax until the wave was finished holding me down.
He said to me that relaxing was how you reserve both your air and strength for the long haul. He assured me that once the wave was finished it would release me to freely swim to the top without much resistance at all.The very next time I was caught in a hold down, I did what he said and it worked perfectly.
Getting caught under waves is just part of surfing. Feeling like you have been left hanging by God is just part of following Him. There is a way to survive and once again thrive.
1. Tell yourself it happens to everyone. (You’re not the only one)
2. Allow God to work even when it feels like He isn’t. (He promised to never leave or forsake you)
3. Relax and protect your head (relax with prayer and hands lifted in praise)
4. You will float to the top again (Once the wave is finished, God is in control)
Surfing is not easy. Serving Him is not easy. However, they are both things of beauty.
How do you deal with the feel of being overwhelmed and seemly forgotten? Share your thoughts by posting a comment.