Scriptures of the Week: Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 139, Matthew 10:29-31
An experienced surfer has a perspective on the surf conditions that people who don't surf cannot see or understand. Surfers sit on their boards out in the ocean and watch the horizon - waiting for something bigger than their last ride. The swells slowly build until they reach a peak and begin to peel in one or both directions: this is the moment that the fun begins for a surfer. Then, it is experience that gives a surfer the necessary perspective to read the wave and decide if it is the right one to catch.
God's plans, like the waves in the ocean, are more easily seen and understood by people who build up experience. Those who are dedicated to following God and accustomed to listening to him and His Word are more likely to read "God waves." This ability to discern God's plans and purposes is not, however, out of our reach, nor is it reserved for only a sacred few. God longs to give us the desires of our hearts, and fulfilling God's purpose for our lives is what brings true happiness. Bethany yearned for something bigger-something only God could create.
The Bible makes it clear that God has a good plan and purpose for our lives. The Bible also tells us that God who created the universe knows each one of us intimately. He knew each of us before we were born. He knows the number of hairs on our heads and everything about our daily lives. He knows when we are ready for something bigger! Not only does God love us, H has good plans for us, bigger plans than we can imagine. He has the big picture, the perspective to see what we cannot see. He is waiting for each of us to be ready to trust Him and jump into something bigger. Just as Bethany moved from searching for bigger rides in the ocean to searching for a purpose bigger than surfing, we too can search for something bigger. God's purposes and plans for our lives are bigger than anything we can dream up.
- Taken from "Soul Surfer" Study Guide