While walking on the beach the other day, I looked out at the barge that’s been offshore for over a month now. The story goes that it’s cargo is coal ash and the 418-ft vessel was intentionally grounded on rocks in 30 feet of water off the coast because it started taking on
water. Basically they put it aground so it wouldn’t sink coming into the river. There are two tugboats monitoring it and a crane that has been working on it steadily for weeks, yet I have to wonder, “When is this ever going to be finished?”
At that moment I sense God smiling. He’s giving me a little reminder. Does this circumstance sound familiar? Could this situation be similar to me? Oh yeah. I’m just like this barge — I’m a work in progress.
I’m still working out issues in my life. I’m still learning to trust and obey Him. I’m still figuring out how to forgive and love people, be a good wife, a good mom. I’m not exactly sinking — at least not right now — and I don’t think I’m grounded, but I’m definitely needing some work done. God’s not finished with me yet.
I glance out to sea again. Those two tugboats have stayed by this barge’s side through
everything. They have been there through rough storms as well as serene calm days, guarding it day and night. This brings to mind Hebrews 13:5, which reminds me that Father God will never leave or forsake me either. No matter the conditions, He’s watching over me as I grow.
Stopping for a moment to enjoy the breeze off the warming Atlantic I practice gratitude. This was just a little reminder from Papa — He’s got me. His love won’t fail. Even when it may seem like I’m sinking or overwhelmed by the seas around me, He’s still working in my life and He will continue doing so till I see Him face to face. (Phil. 1:6)