Psalm 89:9: "You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them."
Our world has felt a lot like a raging sea with rising and falling waves (curves?) in this pandemic. The feelings inside me have also at times felt like a raging sea of rising and falling waves of uncertainty and grief. And so I resonate with this ocean imagery a great deal. I have loved swimming and surfing in the ocean over the years but I always have an acute clarity about just how fragile I am when I'm at the mercy of the ocean waves. This season of pandemic has offered me, and all of us, a similar reminder about our fragility as humans. When confronted with the current "raging sea," we are aware of just how little power we have over our external circumstances. It can cause us deep anxiety. But then the Psalmist reminds us that even in the midst of rising waves, there is One who has the power to still them. And God can give you and I the grace to still the raging sea inside of us as well.
May God bring peace and stillness to us all in this time - both internally and externally, as we surrender to the loving and all powerful Creator of the universe.