On our recent holiday to Morro Bay, California, my family and I had the opportunity to go across Morro Bay by a canoe. There was actually a beach right on the middle of the bay. At times, it would be windy and it seemed scary when the water was not still at all. It was hard to coordinate with our paddling. Whenever the wind blew, we had to paddle harder to make our canoe go to the direction we wanted it to go. Trying to distract myself from exhaustion and slight fear, I happened to look down below and saw how calm it actually looked through the slightly murky water. Some little crabs were crawling and little fishes were swimming in finesse. A lot of short and tall kelps were swaying along with the waves. It looked like they were dancing. There was a sense of peace despite the gusts of wind on the surface. The sunny, blue skies was vividly reflected back by the cold water. What simple and peaceful scene! And we reached the beach on the middle and had fun looking at the big rock as we played with the sand.
Such experiences can help us remember that we are not alone as we face day to day trials. We may project our fears and worries outside. But it is possible for us to be at peace deep inside, despite the turmoils we all go through. Only in Jesus can we find that inner peace. He is the Rock we can look up to.
In John 16:33, Jesus said, "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world." How comforting to know that God is there with us as we go through all the trials. God encourages and comforts us so we can encourage and comfort others in return. In this lifetime's journey, there is a special path where you can turn and be refreshed...Off the beaten trek!
May you be encouraged as you stumble on this site. God bless.