This book has been a huge encouragement to me, and I kept thinking that there is someone else out there who needs the encouragement that this book offers.
The sovereignty of God can be a controversial topic, both in and outside, the Christian and church world. The reality that God is in control is a concept that many people don’t like. For me, it is a great comfort to know that God is writing my story, not me.
Life is full of trials. There is no getting away from the trials of life. We live in a sin filled world.
Tragedies happen. People fail us. Life is full of sickness and disease. Friends and family die. No matter how hard you try, you cannot escape the difficulties of life. It is the reality of the world that we live in.
It is often easy to look at our own life and think that we have it so bad. We often feel that our life is worse than those around us.
The reality though is that everyone has trials and difficulties. None of us are immune from it. The timing and circumstances may vary, but we all suffer at one time or another.
Often it is not the circumstance that wears us down, it is how we handle it. My husband has a sign hanging in his office that says “It is not the load that weighs you down it is how you carry it.” There is so much truth in that saying.
Are you carrying a heavy load right now? How are you carrying it? If you are anything like me, the trials of life can be difficult to carry. They weigh us down.
How can we handle the difficulties of life better?
You start by learning to embrace them. You realize that God is in control. That he has a plan and purpose for whatever difficulty you are going through.
Over the last few years, our family has dealt with quite a few medical issues. At times it has been overwhelming and discouraging.
It was during one of the overwhelming times that I saw a review for the book Kiss the Wave by Dave Furman.
The title caught my attention right away: Kiss the Wave: Embracing God In Your Trials. I knew that it was a book that I needed to read because I was struggling to embrace our family’s health issues that have at times seemed overwhelming.
The phrase “kiss the wave” is said to be a quote from Charles Spurgeon. If you are not familiar with Charles Spurgeon, he was a nineteenth century British preacher.
That saying is all about embracing our trials. Instead of fighting the wave, you embrace it. And in the process of embracing it, you realize that God works all things for our good and His glory.
Is that easy? No. Not at all. In the midst of trials it is incredibly difficult to remember that God has a plan and a purpose that we cannot see. It is hard to face our trials with a good attitude.
That is why I loved the book Kiss the Wave by Dave Furman. It helps show you how to embrace these trials with grace, while giving God the glory for them. It is a reminder that God is in control and that He sees the bigger picture. He has a plan and a purpose that we can’t see.
One of the things that I loved about this book was that throughout the book the author shares his story of suffering with a debilitating nerve condition in both of his arms.
He shares his experiences and how God has given him the strength to face each day with debilitating pain.
This book is written by someone who understands chronic pain and illness. The author knows what it is like to have the life you planned out totally changed by God.
He shares he struggles with discouragement and pain, but he also shows how God has used it in his life for his good. The author reminds us to kiss the wave and to give God the glory while embracing the trials of life.
I enjoyed this book so much that I have now given it to quite a few people that have gone through difficult times with the hope that it encourages them.
If you are currently going through a rough time, or known someone that is, I hope that this book, Kiss the Wave, will be an encouragement to you.