October 27, 2014 by James Lindquist
Part Two: Control the tides
As I walked along the shoreline of the beach in deep communication with the Lord, I stopped to look at the ocean. The day was just starting and was a little overcast, but otherwise a beautiful day. While I looked out over the waves and all the waters beyond, this huge body of water reminded me of God, the beauty, the vastness, the power, the breadth, length, height, and depth of God’s love for me . Just as God feeds all the fish in the sea, as long as I was “In Christ,” He would cover me, lead me, and protect me.
Like the many wayfarers that have traveled the ocean blue, as long as the ship did not leak, the waters would carry them safely to their next port. My faith in God is like that ship, as long as my faith does not leak, Christ assures me safe passage to my next port, which is God’s assignment for me.
The ocean’s horizon is also like my faith. I cannot see what’s beyond the horizon but with the faith of a mustard seed , I don’t need to see, because my faith will get me there. Like the “Footprints in the sand,” God will carry me and keep me afloat.
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you [Isaiah 46:3 NIV].
My brother Jeff also brought something to my attention that fell in line with his “moon” experience with God. He told me that the moon regulates the tides. It is a fact that when the moon is its brightest, the greater the tide will be, and the more land it will touch and cover. Jeff saw this great tide as the ‘living water’ that whosoever believed in Christ, rivers of living water would flow from him  and that whosoever drinks of the living water, they will never thirst and will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life .
There are many other parallels but I’ll leave that to you to come up with some of your own. One thing is probably for sure, because of my brother, we will not look at the moon the same again. God bless you all and thanks for stopping by.
In summary, the brighter the moon reflects the sun, the greater the tide and more land it will cover. The brighter we reflect the love of Christ, the more people we can affect for Him. The last tide is coming in brothers and sisters. Let’s reflect Christ so that when the last tide goes out, we can take as many with us as we can, and the captain of our ship of faith will say to us, “. . .Well done good and faithful servant. . ..”
Next week: I’ll be doing a piece on “The rise and fall of the man-made church.” This is a requested article, so I hope that I can sufficiently answer it in a small blog for him. Authors have written books on this subject. If I cannot condense it sufficiently by next Monday, I will have to request another week. However, I will have something for you. GOD BLESS!
 Ephesians 3:18
 Matthew 17:20
 John 7:38
 John 4:14
 Matthew 25:21