Devotionals, Five Minute Friday

Ocean of Possibilities With the Lord

It is time. You will either sink, or you will swim.

He has been calling you out all this time and now that you stand with one foot hovering over that ocean of possibilities, you freeze.

Time to dive in.

Have you ever just stood at the shore line and listened? You hear the mighty roar of the waves, and feel the salty air caress your face. The sound is sometimes soft, like a distant humming, but the longer you stand there, the deeper the water becomes and the thundering abyss deafens your thoughts.

The ocean is unforgiving. It doesn’t care if you beckon to it or not. Storms and tsunamis roll in and turn the world upside down. The possible outcomes are typically devastating, but the depth is always the same.

The Lord calls us out. We may not think that we are capable of tackling oceans, but when He tells us it’s time to dive in, should it matter if we are staring at a puddle or a vast expanse before us?

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go

Joshua 1:9 ESV

I would like you to take a look at what the Lord is presenting to you right now? Is it service, a family opportunity to grow, a new job or renewed friendships, or maybe it’s ministry, authorship, or leadership. Big or small, the Lord uses us as His tools to glorify Himself and to grow His kingdom. He will never lead you astray so therefore we need to accept His commission and dive in.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV 

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I would like to tell you a very small story. When I was a teenager I had the opportunity to fulfill my life-long childhood dream. I took a trip to Maui. Turquoise water, and lush mountains became a reality. As I rode horseback through a pineapple field, I reveled in the paradise that I had found under the golden sun that browned my shoulders. I felt that I was becoming one with the island and that a piece of me stayed behind when I left on that jet plane set full speed to the dreary Midwest. 

Tails of local meals and warm people followed me for months. Searching for a way back, I told my mom that I would one day live in my new-found home. She laughed and laughed and told me, “keep dreamin,’ kid.” I dreamed so big that I married my world traveling sailor.

My husband has this amazing job. He serves his country, his community, his family, and most of all, our Lord. His job has provided us with many opportunities that seem dream like.

The most amazing thing happened to our family in 2006. We left that dreary Midwest and flew thousands of miles to step on a rock that became home for many years. The Aloha spirit became one with me and the beach seemed to always be between my toes. My youngest daughter even totes a Hawaiian middle name. 

People, church, weather and history have been rooted within me since I experienced this time in Hawaii. I took it with me as we headed back to Chicago, cold, and not a single palm tree in sight. I dreamt of warm sun on my face in the bleak blizzards. I ate macadamia nuts whenever I saw them. I pretended the hills around me were mountains to climb. But I did embrace something outside of this longing, appreciation for all of the opportunities wherever I may roam, or that the military sends us.

Aloha Ke Akua. God is love. He truly is and has shown this great love to all of us over every season of life.

My family has been provided with another fantastic opportunity to go home to our island paradise. We live with a heart of appreciation. This time around we have looked for growth more than a sandy plot to shove our feet. We serve in our church, participate in ministry in person and online, and we have submerged into community.

When we aren’t furthering our walk with the Lord through study and service, we are communing with Him through spending time in His creation. You can find us scaling mountains, floating along the waves, appreciating the detail to flowers, and listening for His soft voice through the trade winds.

The Lord knows what we need and when we need it. He provides right on time. This is where He knew we would grow the most. Each duty station, each community we are immersed in, each church ohana, all of it, we grow spiritually and strive for excellence in kingdom work. We cannot wait for the next thing that He blesses us with. 

God is good! Aloha Ke Akua.

7 thoughts on “Ocean of Possibilities With the Lord

  1. MaryAnn, I just love when we can see God’s plan coming together! I’ve experienced it too! The diving in is a challenge for me. I so overthink things and cling to my comfort zone. I need this reminder! Thanks for sharing, Cindy

    1. Thank you, Cindy. Isn’t it great how God speaks so many of us about the very same thing and pulls us together to walk life according to His will. He is so good.

    1. It is dreamy and so very good for me right now. But I do see how other places are awesome as well. Being able to see the landscape that God painted just for His glory is so amazing. I am blessed to have had so many opportunities.

  2. What an amazing story, I love this! Sometimes I am scared to “dive in” to something without even knowing it’s part of God’s plan. Thanks for the sweet reminder.

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