Deep as an Ocean

“I have seen the sea when it is stormy and wild; when it is quiet and serene; when it is dark and moody. And in all its moods, I see myself.” Martin Buxbaum

Moods are funny things. They can make things seem easy or they can make things seem hard. Moods are like shadows, shifting, and insubstantial. They are untrustworthy, unrealistic, and fickle. It is unwise to base your life on moods, whether positive or negative. Sometimes it is important to remember that no matter how we feel at any given time, reality has not changed, and the moods will pass.

Like the sea, moods can be frightening. Like a tidal wave, they can threaten to swallow us whole, leaving nothing but destruction and chaos in their wake. Where moods rein there is anarchy, pain, uncertainty, and all kinds of trouble. When beliefs, however noble, take a backseat to moods, trouble results.

“Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods”  C.S. Lewis (British Scholar and Novelist. 1898-1963)

When dealing with confusing circumstances, it is important to be able to know that some things are certain. Some things are sure. If the tide was going out, and you were caught in the undertow, what would you do? If you were smart, you’d find a big rock and hold on! Sometimes, our lives can be uncertain, stormy, and full of doubt. If we are not anchored, we can be washed away.We need stability, security, a Rock to cling to in these frightening and uncertain times when the waves of life threaten to wash us away!

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
    let me never be put to shame;
    deliver me in your righteousness.
Turn your ear to me,
    come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
    a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,
    for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
    for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commit my spirit;
    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God. Psalm 31:1-5


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