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Oh, Lord, to hear your voice and know what You would have me do.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Countdown to WIN's Bible Study

I'm feeling free today, and I have to admit that I'm getting a little out of control as I sit at my laptop waiting for the first WIN blog Bible Study to begin--the kickoff date is March 20th.  What shall I do with all this energy?  Why don't I write one of my devotions to encourage those women out there who are facing some rough times? When You Pass Through the Waters is a true incident of when I lived on the World War II ship, MS Restoration, in 1994.  And, please, don't get seasick while reading!
~   I was living the comfortable life in southern California when the opportunity came for my husband and me to volunteer on a World War II ship to help transport Russian Jews from the Black Sea to Israel.  Rob jumped at the chance to live on the forty-eight-year-old ship for fourteen months, but this forty-eight-year-old gal panicked.  You see, I can't swim, so I had to face my biggest fear--water.  Sailing from Seattle, Washington to cross the Atlantic was my worst nightmare, so I had to make the decision...comfort, or confront my fear.  Comfort, or accept the challenge.  After much prayer and inner conflict, I took a deep breath and dove into the challenge.  I waved good-bye to the shore, and said hello to the deep blue sea.
   I had gotten my sea legs by day four, when out of nowhere, off the gulf of Mexico, the MS Restoration sailed into Hurricane Hector.  In a state of panic, I dropped my cleaning bucket and dashed to my cabin.  All I could do was cling to my bunk.  My life jacket fell from the rafter above, so I grabbed it, wrapped myself in it, and prayed as I fastened each buckle.  If I had been Catholic, this would have been the perfect time to repeat the rosary.  Instead, I cried out to God, "Help me! Remember, I can't swim!"
   As the ocean's surge tossed the ship with a vengeance, God smiled.  My Bible fell off the shelf and landed on my bunk.  With trembling hands, I thumbed through the pages until I stopped at Isaiah forty-three.  I tried drowning the sound of the waves beating against steel by shouting to myself, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you."  A surge of peace came over me, and I knew we would somehow survive Hector.
   I had read this scripture many times, but it had never given me the comfort as it did that day at sea.  I love how God gives us the right words of encouragement, at just the right moment.  Today when I feel a challenge coming on, I remember the sound of the ocean's mighty roar, and I quote Isaiah 43:16.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. 
And once again, I am at peace.  ~

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