Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

The beautiful, ever forward-moving waves on Oahu…

Hawaiian Waves

Sometimes when we try to move forward in our lives, we feel like this wave: battered and broken into a thousand different pieces. Perhaps it didn’t turn out the way we had planned, maybe it was so much harder than we thought. And we are left shattered.  Sometimes disappointment makes us feel like this:

The sea, oh, the sea,
does it really want to keep crawling back
to the shore
its foamy fingertips clinging to the sand
only to be pulled away once more?

Must it constantly throw itself
against its long loved lover
in a rage
when it knows the role in life
the shore must always play?

(Niki Moran, 1984)

If you are there, as I have been lately (February is the worst winter month!), here’s a little encouragement for battle weary souls:

“Forgetting what is behind and straining for what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philipians 3:13-14, NIV

“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20-21 (NIV)

And for the more secular among us, the late, great Fleetwood Mac:

“Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow, don’t stop, it’ll soon be here. It’ll be here, better than before, yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone. Don’t you look back!”

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