A Faith Lesson in Surfing

Embrace the wait and enjoy the reward
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“but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

Since we’re still in the teeth of winter here in Indiana, would you mind if in our minds we go to a nice warm beach somewhere? How about one with palm trees, soft sand, and surfers out in the water… bobbing up and down on their boards as they wait for the next wave? Sound good?

Look closely and you’ll notice that there’s a lot of waiting involved in surfing. In fact, there is probably more sitting on the board waiting for the next good wave than there is actually riding the waves.

But if you ask any surfer if it’s worth it, they will probably say something like,


Metaphorically speaking, one of the hardest things in life is to wait for your wave. Toiling in waiting mode will challenge you internally like nothing else. We would rather do just about anything other than wait.

If that describes you, let the story of Caleb encourage you. If you’re waiting for a ridable wave to take shape in your life, his story will help you to wait with grace.

Caleb was a character in the Bible who waited a long time for something good to come his way. In fact, he spent decades dreaming about it before it ever happened. There were probably many days that he thought it might never come, but it did. Eventually.

Actually, Caleb’s reward was a mountain – not a wave – but it’s the same principle. He had to wait for it. After years of plodding along in the lowlands, God graced Caleb with his own elevated place up on the mountain (Joshua 14:6-15). Caleb loved it up there. Finally, he peaked.

Some of us older folks, as we observe younger generations, would respectfully offer this advice: Embrace the wait. Be willing to do your time sitting on your board, paddling, waiting on the wave. That’s part of surfing. Trust God to bring it along in His time.

That relationship, that opportunity, that breakthrough that you so badly long for…you may have to toil a while before it arrives. Be okay with that.

Are you looking for a wave? Longing for a ride? Embrace the wait.

It’s a new day with God. Run with it.

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