Sneaker Waves

Sneaker waves

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him…

We’ve all been at the beach somewhere and heard about the horrible sneaker waves that exist. If you’ve not heard of them, they are these “surprise attack” waves that will seem to come out of nowhere and BAM! They will seep you off your balance and pull you out to sea to drown! Serious, people have lost their lives to sneaker waves. So much so that some beaches will post signs warning of these waves. So while on the beach you need to be vigilant, awake, and aware of your surroundings. You need to keep your feet safely planted on some solid ground. Parents will keep a close eye on their kids and not let them travel too far away. You just never know.

Our emotions can be like that. We can experience some difficulty in our life and during our struggle to push through or beyond, we can get hit with a sneaker wave of emotion. Most times there isn’t really a definitive reason. Sometimes these bursts of emotion just don’t make sense. They just hit! And if we’re not aware we can be swept out to sea. Only to drown in our sadnesses, in our defeatedness, in an emotional breakdown. We will sometimes just give up and surrender to our circumstances.

While working out in the gym the other day I was on the stair master. It’s kind of mundane making one step after another. I do that for about 25-30 minutes speeding up and slowing down. I have my headset on listening to worship music and just praising God. Well during one of these moments I got hit with a sneaker wave of emotion. All of a sudden and without warning the sadness of missing Linda hit me. I started to tear up and get distracted with memories. I started to get distracted. It’s an easy slippery slope to sink into a little pity party. I thought, no, I’m going to rise above this. Now don’t get me wrong, there are still times that I need to grieve her loss but I’m starting to recognize when that is appropriate and when it is there to draw me away. This wave wanted to drown me. I cried out in my spirit “help me Lord” and I was immediately drawn back into His presence and the worship song came back into my headset.

You see, when these sneaker waves hit us we have a help. When we cry out to the Lord, He hears us and delivers us. His word says that The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. Psalm 34:17

1 Peter 5 tells us that our enemy (the devil) is on the prowl! Seeking to devour! Like a roaring lion (or maybe a sneaker wave)! But Peter tells us to resist him. Stand on firm and solid ground. Be on guard. Be watchful and aware. The Lord will save you.

Beware of the sneaker waves!

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