Chalk Board of Life: The storms ahead

Picture this image for a minute. Standing in the middle of the sea, and you see so many white caps, one after another heading toward shore. As you try your hardest to stand up straight, along comes a bigger wave. Going through your mind is “how am I going to withstand it”? Will you fall, or will you remain standing?

That was me, standing in the sea of Port Aransas, Texas. These waves were small, but as I got closer, they would get bigger than I thought. They actually knocked me down a couple of times, but as I kept my eyes forward, I started to prepare myself again and again for the waves coming at me. Eventually, I didn’t fall down when they hit.

During that time in the sea, the Lord revealed something to me. As I stood still, listening with my eyes closed, the Lord said to me: “Danielle, see these waves? These are storms that will be ahead of you. I’m preparing you for them before they come. Don’t worry because I won’t let them knock you down. I will be there beside you, protecting and guiding you. Don’t fear, for I’m with you. Cast your fears on Me, for I am your strength.”

I felt at peace as He spoke to me that day. He doesn’t stop working in us, but continues and continues. In my past, I never knew how to fight through the waves, I just kept letting them drown me. But, today, as I give more of my heart to Him, He gives me grace and victory before the storms.

So, to end with this, think about the waves in the storms pushing you down and you struggling and fighting so hard against them that you don’t know what to do! Look to what the scripture says:

2 Chronicles 20:17 “You will not need to fight in this position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow, go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”

I encourage you to allow the Lord into the midst of your waves. He will give you strength and miracles to overcome the storms ahead!

Danielle Ybarra

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