Please follow my project Waves of the Sea. Here is our first article!
I don’t remember where, but I recall being told once that if you wanted to know God all you had to do was ask for him to reveal himself. It was in his character that he had to answer. He had to respond. I wanted to know if there was a god, was the one I was raised to “know” truly him or did some other religion get it right? I began praying and asking the real god to reveal himself to me, whoever he was.
As time progressed without a reply, I began to get a little angry because He wasn’t answering me. He wasn’t doing what I was asking Him to do and in my frustration I yelled out “God, why can’t you hear me?” Flipping open my Bible a second later, I looked down and read Isaiah 59:1-2
“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear.
But your iniquities have separated
you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
so that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:1-2
Reading this was like having a direct conversation with the god of the universe. I asked a question and He answered it, right there in black and white. This wasn’t just a coincidence, it continued. God persisted on answering long unanswered prayers, one after another straight from the Bible. It made God a tangible presence and someone I wanted to know.
In college Nadine studied photography with an emphasis on her passion for photographing musicians. After her internship with Turner Broadcasting, she got married, and a few years later welcomed the birth of her daughter, Eliza. Her dreams became less of a focus. Shortly after, she discovered that her child had a puzzling, recurring illness and Nadine was no longer able to work full-time. Still wanting to find purpose and a way to reach people with the life giving message of Jesus Christ, she became inspired by Psalm 107. From the story of the merchants at sea, Waves of the Sea was created. The story accounts, calling out to the Lord in a time of trouble and how He calmed the storm and led them to their desired haven.
23 Some went out on the sea in ships;
they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the Lord,
his wonderful deeds in the deep.
For he spoke and stirred up a tempest
that lifted high the waves.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;
in their peril their courage melted away.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards;
they were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven.
Anything in our lives that causes us distress can be considered “waves of the sea.” Just as the merchants called out to God in this story and He stilled the storm to a whisper, He calms the waves in our lives too. But we must keep our focus on Him.
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
This is the purpose of the Waves of the Sea blog, to “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.” We promise you will hear unique, inspiring and real life accounts of the goodness of God’s love to those willing to call out to Him.
Psalm: 107:15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
43 Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.
This article was written by Lindsay Morgan Synder. Please check out her blog here.
Photography by Nadine Gillespie