Rip currents come suddenly and unexpectedly. One minute you’re enjoying the beach and the next thing you know everything is out of control. For many of us, we get caught up in the currents of life and it seems like there is no way out. For some, we’ve been fighting the currents all our lives, and for others, we’ve never felt the strength of the currents more than we do in this season. We all get caught in a current. Currents of loneliness, depression, anxiety. Currents of sadness, fear, and pain. Whether one or many, they weigh us down and can seem to overwhelm our lives. Paul teaches us through 2 Corinthians how to find comfort from God in the midst of the currents. Oftentimes we let our currents inform our perspective of God, but Paul does the opposite of this, His understanding of God informs his perspective of the currents and when he does this, he is able to see how the currents he’s been through can become a comfort for others.
- Mental health application: Your struggle is the most dangerous when you refuse to recognize it.
- Mental health application: Don’t need to be embarrassed when you’re caught in a current. Currents will come. It can happen to anyone.
- Mental health application: Learning to read the waves and anticipate the Pull. (What are the symptoms?)