I stopped looking at Him just long enough to be aware of the raging sea and the rising storm. Then i stopped trusting and started to fear. I couldn't remember what His face looked like; couldn't remember who He was or what He could do- I was fixated on the storm.
That was when i started to sink and i knew without a shadow of doubt that i had reached my end- i was looking at my grave.
What happened next,i didn't know,call it reflex or habit. I heard my self calling out to Him and why wouldn't I? it's been only His name that had been on my lips for quite a while now.
I heard a voice that sounded not like my own, it was mixed with fear and apprehension.
Then all of a sudden He was there; I couldn't tell how. One minute He was afar off and the next moment He was there reaching out to me and pulling me up. I had been saved!
I walked on what was supposed to be my grave. The raging waters now calm was solid under my foot and i walked by His side to the boat.
Then i understood his words, "fear not, it is I"
I walked along on life's pathway, feeling confident and self assured.
Why shouldn't i? I had slain my 'tens of thousands' and had waxed rich and exceedingly great.
Maidens sighed at the mention of my name, kings trembled at the mere thought of me,ask Nahash, the Ammonite king and he'd tell you, or maybe not, he's dead.
I was walking upon my high places because the Almighty was shining his countenance on me. i became used to it and i may have taken his favour for granted..
And then He hid his face! Then began
trouble; waves and billows and the depths of the sea washed over me.
All the memories of my glory days
were gone in an instant, and i was reduced to a laughing stock, trodden under foot and made a target for those that handled stones.
Then i knew that in his favor is life and in the lifting up of his countenance is life everlasting.
So i cried to him, and used the only argument that i knew would work for me-praise.
"what good would i be if i went to the grave?" i prayed "lift up your countenance and shine on me" i pleaded.
Now i know better. Each and every day of my life will i bless the Lord, for he is good and his mercies endures forever. I charge my soul to bless Him and not to forget his benefits.
Now i live to praise Him.
Thrice i had an encounter with Him, thrice i denied Him his honour and failed to acknowledge His Lordship.
Twice He pardoned me and gave me another
chance to acknowledge Him, but i was too full of myself to see anyone besides myself much less entertain the thought of a being higher than myself.
I was a law, a god.
My hands have conquered nations and built an empire that was a joy of many nations and a wonder of the world.
They thought my father had done great
things but i have surpassed in glory all that were before me.
My heart was lifted up within me, i had
forgotten (or chose to forget) that all good things come from above, from the father of lights.
Then i uttered the words that changed my life forever...
Seven times passed over me, seven seasons of being wet with the dew, seven years spent
alone, bowed down and reduced to nothing.Seven years of living with the beasts in the wild.
Then i acknowledged that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomsoever he wills.
Now as my glory and honour and dominion is being restored to me, i praise and honour Him.
Now i know that only He is worthy to be praised and extolled.
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