You Can’t Have The Wave And The Sandcastle
As I am starting 2017, I am trying to find more inspiration for my writing. This morning I found inspiration in worship. It was in a song our worship team was playing called You Make Me Brave and I believe it’s by Bethel Music. Here is the video if you are interested in watching it.
I will try to walk you through my thought process as I’m singing along with this song in the form of the questions that had gone through my head.
- “Is God’s love the water or the waves? Because if it’s the waves then that means that we go through intermittent times where we do not experience God’s love. It’s most likely the water, because you can stand in the water and continually experience and have access to the water, but the waves come and occasionally overwhelm us.”
- “If God’s love IS the water with the cool waves, why would anyone stand on the shore and not get in the water?”
- “Are they too into their sandcastles? Sandcastles are cool and all, but you can’t have a sandcastle AND stay in the water.”
So, that’s where I landed. You can’t have the wave and the sandcastle. Sure you can build a cool sandcastle and then go into the water, but then why would you want to leave the water and go back to shore? I mean sandcastles are only temporary, no matter how sturdy you build them.
I suppose this little parable that I have cornered myself into can encompass a few principles like not building your house on the sand (Matthew 7:24-27) or that everything will fade away except God’s word (Isaiah 40:8). But the that is standing out to me is that you can’t live a dual life or serve two masters.
If you call yourself by Christ’s name (Christian) then you are making a statement that you have made a choice to walk away from letting the things of this world possess you. Yes, in plain Christianise, that means that we are to live in the world but not of the world.
Can you imagine what a different story we be living today if Christ, The King of Kings, had decided to enter our existence as a King instead of as a poor baby. If He had tied Himself down with stately affairs, palaces and fine clothes. What if He were concerned with keeping up with Jonses instead of battling for the eternal lives of the lost and broken?
If we are truly to follow Christ’s example, how can we forsake the water and the waves that are everlasting for a sandcastle that usually gone minutes after you took over it?