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I am going through a rough time right now. I lost my job and one that I was interviewing for, and looked promising, has fallen through. Tonight I was reminded about the most powerful scene in the film Cast Away and how it relates to my circumstances.

In the early days of his time on the island, Chuck (Tom Hank’s character), attempts to sail off the island that he’s been marooned on after a plane crash. He’s made a raft and as he pushes off the coast, he quickly notices the growing size of the waves. He crests the first one, but barely, as he does the second; the third one, however, bests him and he is pulled under the waves in defeat.

Four years later, with a stronger boat, he crests the short series of massive waves and lands in calmer, open ocean. Chuck hadn’t been able to see that just over the last big wave were smoother waters.

I’m facing that third wave… it’s tempting to fall into a spiral of despair, to give up and wallow in self-pity. But, that’s not what God has planned for me. I’m not saying that He has a wonderful job out there, just over that last wave. What I am saying is that over that last wave of despair and self-pity there is freedom to live free of worry.

Jesus said it better than I can:

“Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add one moment to his life-span by worrying? And why do you worry about clothes? Observe how the wildflowers of the field grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t he do much more for you — you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat? ’ or ‘What will we drink? ’ or ‘What will we wear? ’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34 (CSB)

Can any of you add one moment to his life-span by worrying?

So, this evening I was pulled under the waves when I got the news I was not advancing in that job. I am thankful that I was reminded that I already have a stronger boat that will carry me past that last wave that wants to pull me under. Earlier this week I also heard Charles Stanley talk about a time when he failed and was knocked down. His response was to pray, “Okay God, what are you up to now?”

Okay God, what are you up to now?

In the coming weeks may I sail the stronger boat through the waves and when their are set-backs, may I respond by praying “Okay God, what are you up to now?”