One wave – by JW Kaiser
One wave is sometimes all it takes to turn a frustrating surf session around. Let’s be honest, we have all had surf sessions where we were cranky or having a bad surf for some reason, and then you catch that one wave that, in your mind, deserves it’s own slow mo video edit in a new Taylor Steele movie, and your entire attitude is changed. How far did that wave travel to greet you? Thousands of miles probably.
As you walk around at work, school, the beach or even among your family, you are a wave of possibility. You can change someone’s day, or even their life, for the better or the worse. In God’s sovereignty, you could be the wave that he sent to encourage one of his beloved, one he may even have sent into someone’s life years ago. God is creating an elaborate tapestry, and we are the waves of thread that he is using to weave that tapestry.
When Jesus encountered those caught in their sin, or trapped by the brokenness of this world, he was the perfect wave of truth, hope and love. The hemorrhaging woman, whose story is told in three of the gospels (Mathew 9:20–22, Mark 5:25–34, Luke 8:43–48) pursued Jesus when she had lost all other hope. All it took to be healed was a simple touch of his clothes. He healed her bleeding and healed her broken-heart… because he was sent, sent by the Father to “heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds” (Ps 147:3). Jesus was sent by his Father in heaven to bless, heal and eventually save us from our sins.
The waves we love to ride often come from a great distance, but it does not compare to the distance Jesus came to love us. God is sending you too, to be a wave of compassion, hope and love in someone’s life. What a privilege.