You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf!

By: Sara Singh

Emotions are like ocean waves. God has given us emotions for a reason; however, it is up to us how we use them. We can’t stop them from coming or building up, but we have a choice to surf or drown. All waves/emotions have a different behavior. They can refract, reflect, interfere, and diffract. Which means these waves/emotions can change in direction, reflect on the past, interfere by preventing a process or activity from continuing or being carried out properly. And diffract which is bending and spreading waves or emotions around an obstacle. Have you dealt with strong emotions of happiness or sadness where you found yourselves all over the place? I sure have and in the last few weeks, I have dealt with lot of emotions of sadness, loneliness, rejection, jealousy, comparison, and worthiness. I had to process these emotions to find what God’s truth is for his people. I had a choice to surf or drown in my emotions. Surfing is a metaphor for determination, willpower, positivity and mostly adaptability in every situation of life. No matter if the wave is high or low a good surfer knows how to manage the waves. 

When we are anchored in Jesus, we are led by the Holy Spirit and He guides us. He helps us to surf through them. I have been dealing with relational emotions for over last 3 years. Just like I said recently the emotions arose to the peak and God planted me at the beach in Hilton Head, SC. My view from the condo is gorgeous. I have been watching the waves change direction, crash, interfere, diffract as our emotions do. Which led me write about emotions/waves. 

How many of us deal with emotions of sadness, loneliness, rejection, anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy and so much more? Do we allow these emotions/waves to drown us in sorrow or despair? Or, do we learn to surf with determination through the Holy Spirit! Also, God’s word tells us that the negative emotions are not from God. The enemy makes us feel condemned, lonely, bitter, jealous, resentful, etc., however God makes us feel loved, complete, enough, worthy, and HIS child. 

Proverbs 15:18 – A hot tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel. 

Proverbs 29:11 – A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. 

Prayer for emotional strength: 

God, I thank you for giving me the mind of Christ. Thank you for your strength and giving me clarity of mind to find my purpose in you. Thank you for guiding my steps to walk the path you have laid out for me. God, you fight my battles for me so I surrender all my emotions at your feet. I praise you for helping me surf the emotional waves to bring you glory. I apply the blood of Jesus over my mind, will and emotions. No weapon formed against me shall prosper Isaiah 54:17. Amen. 

This verse says that this is not a promise that we will not receive attacks or that we won’t be struck by a weapon of trial, tribulations, sickness, or trouble of any kind. We know we are born to the trouble. Job 5:7. The promise in this verse is that the weapon formed against will not prosper.

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