Created to be UNITED

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During my recent vacation in Bali, I stayed in a surf-themed hotel. Every part of the hotel was decorated using either surfboards or murals of the waves and the surfer. Outside of the hotel, I frequently saw people carrying their surfboards. The surfboards came in different length, width and design. As I looked intently at the surfboards, I received a new perspective of them!

Regardless of the difference in designs of the surfboards, they can only be used under one condition- in the presence of the waves. Surfboards without the wave will just be a floatation device in the water. However, if it is solely used to float around, it would lose the intended purpose it was created for. The surfboard will then lose its identity, value and meaning!

I liken our life to the surfboard. Just as the surfboards were created to ride on the waves, we are created by God to ride and be united with Him. Only when we do so, then we are fulfilling the purpose our Creator intended. The Word of God in Psalm 139:13 & 14 reveals to us that God is our Creator and knows us inside out: “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” God created us with a great purpose in mind. He has plans to prosper us and give us a good future and good hope. All these blessings and enjoyment are possible only when we are united and in touch with God. Such unity and being in touch with God is an outcome of us spending time being immersed in His presence, reading His Word and worshipping Him.

I’ve also learnt that good surfers don’t paddle around aimlessly on the surfboard. Instead, they actively wait and look out for the waves. The moment they spot the wave, they quickly paddle towards it. At the right moment, surfers will get onto the surfboard and start riding the waves. Are there goals, dreams and desires which we have? Be like the good surfers, paddle away from shore towards the waves! This is because surfers who paddle at or near the shore will almost never be able to ride the waves.

The Bible tells us in Isaiah 40:31, “but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” The word “wait” mentioned in this verse is not a passive waiting without doing anything. But it refers to the kind of “wait” that the good surfers do. Active waiting refers to getting yourself ready. It means to beef yourself up with the Word of God, actively listening to and heeding the guidance from the Holy Spirit. I believe it also takes courage for the surfer to venture away from the shore and towards the waves. Likewise, I would like to encourage each one of us to exercise faith, muster courage and charge towards God’s ways!

A good surfer is never a bystander when it comes to surfing. Instead, the surfer would need to get into the action of surfing in order to be able to ride the wave. Loads of practice is required in order to be able to ride the waves. A surfer is never a bystander but always a participant. Likewise, be a participant of the things of God in order to be able to enjoy and bask in His blessings!

Let us pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, I give thanks to You, my awesome Creator! I thank You for creating me to be united with You. I live my life to be like a good surfer, always getting myself prepared to do Your work. Lord, guide me and lead me to wait upon You actively. Help me to be a participant and not a bystander in Your work. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ most mighty Name I pray, AMEN.

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