Gone Surfin’

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I’ve lived in California for 25 years, and I’ve never been surfing. In fact, I don’t really even know anything about surfing, and to be honest, that doesn’t bother me too much, but that’s not the point…

Last weekend I was at the coast with a couple friends, and they decided to surf for a bit on Sunday morning before we drove home. Obviously, I have no surfing “gear” (what do you even call surf stuff?), and I was perfectly content sitting on the cliffs watching the guys ride the crashing waves.

Now, even though I don’t know much of anything about the sport, I love the picture of surfing: paddling out into the ocean, not knowing exactly what you’re getting into, but eagerly expecting and watching for the perfect wave… that so accurately describes my life! At least for the last several years, I feel like I’m always diving in to circumstances that I can’t control and waiting for that wave that I’m destined to ride. Praying that I’ll have the patience to let the waves that aren’t right for me pass by, even if they are tempting, and hoping that when the right one appears on the horizon I’ll be able to drop in and ride the wave for as long as it will let me.

Last August, a friend of mine prayed over me, rather prophetically, that God was going to blow my plans out of the water this year. I specifically remember her saying, “You don’t even know what God has in store for you this next year. His surprises will blow your mind, so you may as well just stop trying to set your plans!” Well, not having a plan is SO uncomfortable for me. And I’d be lying if I said I am getting any better at not setting plans, haha! What I am getting better at though is holding my plans with open hands. The reality is, when I didn’t know the feeling of riding His wave, I was perfectly content paddling around the ocean on my surfboard, but as soon as I felt what it’s like to ride with Him, nothing else compares. So I’ll keep making little plans for now (so that I don’t get bored), but as soon as I see that perfect wave coming over the horizon, you can bet I’m ditching whatever I had in mind in order to ride that baby! Because while I have no clue what it’s like to surf in the ocean, I have been on the coolest adventure learning to “surf” with the Holy Spirit, and I’m fairly confident I know which one is better…

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