“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.”Isaiah 43:2a
When sailing into the Atlantic from the east coast of the U.S., the seafarer must cross the Gulf Stream, a swift current that originates in the Gulf of Mexico carrying warm water north toward Northern Europe. The Gulf Stream is about 60 miles wide and generally travels at 5.6 mph. If you’re cruising north, all is well. But if you go against it, life is not smooth sailing.
Our first night offshore was rough. The weather was calm, but we entered the Stream and felt like it was the washing machine of despair. Huddled in the boat’s cockpit, we took turns with the bucket. My son cried out, “Why did we do this and leave our friends?” “I don’t know!” I bawled back. The seasoned sailor would expect this, but our crew was green—in so many ways!
Notice God says, “when” we pass through the waters, not “if ”. There will always be the Gulf Streams of life, times when we are tossed about, lose our bearings, and forget our purpose. God also said we would go through. We won’t stay in turmoil forever! He promises to go with us the whole way.
If God, Creator of the heavens and earth, the sea and all that is in it, is with us, what is there to fear?