The Florida beaches along the Gulf of Mexico are one some of my most favorite places to visit! The soft, sugar white sand and turquoise water. The lullaby of the tides that eases weary souls and minds to stillness and rest. The breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Serenity now! I love every. single. bit of it.
Just a few weeks ago, my family took a trip to one of those beautiful beaches. What a blessing it was to spend moments together making priceless memories. At the time, we were waiting in the wings for news of whether or not I had cancer. Having already received the results of some of my scans, we knew the possibility of cancer was a very real one. But, having gone through cancer before, we are/were also all too familiar with riding the waves of survivorship. Sometimes, there are scary test and scan results that turn out to be nothing at all. We've learned it's imperative to find balance while riding the waves, and that balance requires a steady footing. Sometimes that is much easier said than done, but regardless, without it, we find ourselves overwhelmed by the waters.
One morning during our vacation, we got up early to take family photos on the beach. Thanks to my sweet husband, who also served as our photographer, we were blessed with many great photos. One of those photos, however, speaks to my heart the most. It’s a photo of me with my boys gazing out at the vast waters before us.
Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.
You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.- Psalm 89:8-9
This past Monday I received my first chemotherapy treatment. I am feeling well, just riding a few waves of nausea and fatigue. But, God’s got this. And, He’s got me. And, for whatever waves you’re facing, He’s got you too.
I’ll close with the lyrics from the song, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” as performed by Hillsong United.
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior