Rip Tides aka Rip Currents of Life
Someone asked what was some advice we remembered from childhood. Immediately I remembered summers at the Isle of Palm and Rip Tides. The correct term is Rip Current I discovered.
An article in the NY times explains: Rip currents are channels of water that form near beaches and run a certain distance out to sea. They are fast moving and powerful enough to carry swimmers away.
In fact, according to the United States Lifesaving Association, rip currents are responsible for more than 80 percent of lifeguard rescues at beaches with breaking waves: a category that includes beaches along the Great Lakes as well as on the ocean.
These currents have a variety of causes, but it is impossible to predict exactly where or when they will form.
We, those of us who live near the ocean, know that if you are caught in a current and are being dragged out to sea, DO NOT fight it. Simply float and eventually it will end and then you can swim into shore. Or the lifeguard will come for you.
Most people panic and try to swim against it and become exhausted. Often they die when they do that. I sincerely hope I never get in one. Wisdom dictates swimming near a lifeguard at the beach.
Then I thought….you know life can be similar to being caught in a Rip Current. We are going along, enjoying the moments and then “it” HAPPENS. Someone we love, or we ourselves become dangerously ill. An accident happens. Someone hurts our heart. A RIP CURRENT of life occurs in whatever fashion.
Rip is a good way to describe those events/times/seasons. Something or someone is ripped away from us. Life is going on smoothly and then it is like something ripped a piece of paper in half or ripped open a bag of chips, except those are nasty chips in there. We free fall or we faint or we get angry and begin to fight. Or whatever we us as our numbing choice springs forward. You know those hurts, habits and hang ups God is healing and we thought were subdued spring forth again.
We have a choice in that moment. Well those of us who have trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior do, we can stop and choose to trust, lean and rely on the promises of God. Or we can struggle, fume and fuss and become both physically and emotionally exhausted. We can become literally ill or depressed.
The Bible gives us a lot of advice about what to do when we are overwhelmed. A Rip current is overwhelming if it is a literal one in the ocean or a sudden unexpected one in life. So what do we do?
I am going to post some verses to ponder when one of thse Rip Currents of Life occur. Imagine God being our lifeguard. Not really, but I think you get the analogy. A lifeguard’s job is to guard and protect us at the beach. Sometimes if there are a lot of Rip Currents, the lifeguard closes the beach. At times protection changes to rescue too doesn’t it?
VERSES to PONDER:
Deuteronomy 33:12 b says, “Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders.”
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Psalm 57:1-2. “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purposes for me
Psalm 46 – A Psalm of Comfort
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah.
Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire.
‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’
“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”
“Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your feet from being snared”
Jeremiah 29:11 ”For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”
Jeremiah 31:3b “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
I love Psalm 18:16-19
“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”
Psalm 40:2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the Lord and refuse to do wrong.”
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to feel sympathy for our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
1 Peter 5:6-7,10
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you… And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
When he calls out to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver and honor him.
Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call out to Him in truth.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in a high and holy place, and with the oppressed and humble of spirit, to restore the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the contrite.
So rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to the LORD your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in loving devotion. And He relents from sending disaster.
Philippians 4:6-7 English Standard Version (ESV)
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.
“Oh, Lord GOD! You have made the heavens and earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for You!