Sometimes I simply feel like giving up.
Just as I paddle over the last wave, an even bigger one appears over the horizon and the battle to make it out the back is still not over. Sometimes the waves come in so relentlessly that my arms begin to feel like jelly and just for a moment I will allow myself to be pushed backwards as I take a breath and attempt to find the resolve to push on.
Paddling through the surf in the middle of winter is not easy, just as getting through and building a life is not an easy thing either. The waves of opposition can at times be relentless and we can wonder whether we will even make it ‘out the back’.
Peter and the other apostles were arrested and taken to court for preaching the name of Jesus. They faced their biggest wave of opposition yet, as these Jewish leaders wanted to kill them. But in the midst of the fury, ‘a Pharisee named Gamaliel ‘ordered that the men be put outside for a little while’ – Acts 5:34 (NIV)
Although Gamaliel also wanted to stop the apostles, he had a perspective that caused the leaders to reconsider:
“I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God” (5:38-39)
Gamaliel understood that nothing could come against something that had its origins in God. No matter how high the waves of opposition, these apostles would be able to overcome them as they aligned themselves with the purposes of God.
There are many surfing spots that have a strong current running right along the rocks that can carry a surfer out the back with no effort. I love paddling into these currents as the water is deep so even the biggest waves have little impact, and my energy is reserved for getting inside another barrel!
In the same way, as we align ourselves with the purposes of God, even the biggest waves of opposition won’t be able to stop us from living life to the full. As we place ourselves in the flow of what God is doing we will discover we have access to a power that takes us ‘out the back’ and makes us unstoppable!

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