“Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters, They see the works of the Lord, And His wonders in the deep.” (Psalm 107:23-24 NKJV)
In ancient times, the sea was a mystery. The general belief was that if there was anyplace God wasn’t, it was near the sea. Only the roughest and toughest would dare to go out to sea. Their aim and ambition was wealth, and they had no fear of any god. Yet, even those people saw God’s handiwork in the seas. The ensuing verses describe a storm so intense that those on board are staggering like they were drunk. In the midst of their staggers, they cried out to God and He delivered them. These businessmen learned an important lesson: there’s no where they can go where they’ll be away from the loving care of God.
There are many areas of life where it seems like God couldn’t be. Danny Gokey dealt with that belief in his song, “More Than You Think I Am.” The truth is, God will be with you in the worst storm you could ever imagine, He’ll be with you on the ocean, on the mountain top, behind bars, and even, get this, in the midst of work. Some see this omnipresence of God as a scary thing – thinking “I can’t get away with anything.” Others, like me, take comfort in knowing that no matter how bad the situation may be and no matter how badly I’ve messed up, He’s there with me, caring for me. I see His wonders in the deep, I see them in the air, I see them on the land, and I see them in the hearts of His people who’ve been redeemed and changed by His grace.
Lord, I’m so grateful that I can’t run away from You. I’m even more grateful that on those days I tried, You continued to love me and bring me back into Your loving grace.