The Sandbar

We went to the beach the other morning nice and early before it got crazy - the peaceful time.  The girls swam in frigid Lake Michigan up to their waists, played in the sand, collected rocks - all the good stuff.  Then a big family came in, looking new to the beach.  They were awesome.  Playing in the water, daring eachother to swim out deeper, then one girl did it - she got to a sandbar.  She kept screaming, "I'm on sand, I'm on sand!".  It was so new, I really don't think the rest of them believed her until they actually saw her standing up effortlessly with both hands posed in the air.  It was all they needed to know they could risk swimming that far out, too.

"He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire.  He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand"  Ps 40:2

"There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock."  Ex 33:21

According to Websters, sandbars are formed by the actions of waves or currents.
In our lives, that's just when we need them.  AND, I think that's when they are formed for us, too.  As we experience the waves and currents of life, if we don't have something to stand on we will sink.  Most people seek God when something is wrong in their lives.  As they find Him, their sandbar starts to form.  To most of us this is called faith.  Faith is often built thru trials - currents - waves.  It energizes us like the girl who was screaming to be able to stand after swimming through dark waters.  But the main tie in from the verses is that it's God who does this - not us.  He lifts us out and gives us something to stand on - our faith comes in when we stop swimming and put our feet down and notice it!