I was at a prayer and worship night at my church last weekend. One of my girlfriends shared with me something going on in her life and she asked me to pray for her.
As I did so, I immediately got a picture in my head. Parts of it will be familiar to you.
I saw a stormy, raging sea. It was so dark, the only light was a reflection of the moon as the waves crashed viciously. These waves were immense – like the size of cars and houses. In the midst of this tremulous sea was Jesus. The storm was raging, and He was walking on water, as if He were just on a casual stroll. The waves were crashing all around Him, the sky was shedding sheets of rain. And yet, He was not wet. Where He walked, the sea was made still. Even after His foot left that part of the sea, the shape of His footprint remained. He was so strong; the wind and waves did not knock Him off balance, not even once. Then I noticed that my friend was walking right behind Him, clinging to His robe. He was so big and stable, that He shielded her from the rain and waves. She was not wet. Though she could not see, He was ahead of her. He was going before her, ensuring that she had stable ground to walk on. He was paving her path. All she had to do was walk in His footprints. For where He had placed His foot, the water became stable ground.
I thought this was worth sharing because it paints an accurate picture of what so many of us are experiencing. I do not think God showed me this for my friend alone; I think it is for anyone who is enduring a storm, and cannot see a way through. Be encouraged. The Lord has gone ahead of you. He may not – and probably will not – remove the wind and waves, but He will shield you from them. He may not still the entire raging sea, but He will stabilize your path with His footprints.
“The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8