"In oceans deep my faith will stand."
It's early Monday morning, after a full weekend of Annual Meetings for the Jonah Ministries Board of Directors. This year all ten board members were at a beach house in Rockaway. The weather was stormy and powerful. The company was uplifting, prayerful, united, visionary, one-minded, thoughtful, hard-working, fun and dedicated. God, Our Camp Director, was all-present. We are closing up year nineteen at Jonah Ministries with a solid business model, super strong board buy-in, and great belief in our strong God. Our agenda included, as always, hard Several Board Members discussion and many hours of business. We spent about twelve hours spread over three days circled up in a beach house living room seeking God and making decisions. This group shoulders a big load and cares deeply about 2016 and beyond. So we went to God often as we watched the ocean waves crash huge and powerful. We heard torrential rains against the roof and windows, and experienced the bigness of our Father. I saw a break in the weather early on Saturday morning, so I quickly went for a brisk walk on the beach. It was me and Jesus and the ocean. I prayed in silence, overwhelmed by the bigness of God. The worship song "Oceans" has been my mantra this year. I played it on my iPhone and listened deeply as the waves lapped at my feet:
You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find you in the mystery, in oceans deep
My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name, and keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Your grace abounds in deepest water, Your Sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and you won't start now
So I will call upon Your name, and keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise my soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
Oh, Jesus, You're my God!
As these lyrics played beautifully on a vacant Jeff praying, "Your
will be done..." beach with just me and Jesus, I was reminded of my prayer more than a year ago, "Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit." My breath prayer began to be "Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders." And Father God takes my hand and my heart and walks me deeper with Him, and my faith becomes stronger in the presence of my Savior. It is a wonderful thing to know Jesus. It is even more amazing to be in a vibrant, growing relationship with Him. When oceans rise, I rest in His embrace. And this is the depth of our Board of Directors at Jonah Ministries. Each person is committed to walking the great unknown of the future of our camp-with faith and relationship and hope in the One whose sovereign hand will be our Guide. Each year we prepare in-depth for our Annual Meeting and we always come away as one voice and one mind trusting one Savior. Jonah Ministries has never been in a stronger place. We have huge financial struggles, big dreams and goals, and unending to-do lists, and we are moving into year twenty with marching orders and strength from our Heavenly Father
Listen to the "Oceans (Where Feet May Fall)" by Hillsong United here.