Thursday – May 16, 2024

2 Samuel 9-10; 1 Chronicles 18-19; Psalm 89; Acts 26

by Becky Hill Martin

You rule the oceans. You subdue their storm-tossed waves. You crushed the great sea monster. You scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours—you created it all. Psalm 89:9-11

Ever see “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea?” My little brother and I saw the movie at the library when we were kids. For days afterward, I dreaded taking a bath because I thought a giant submarine-eating sea monster would pull me through the drain.

I hadn’t thought of sea monsters in years until I read Psalm 89. There are still plenty of modern-day sea monsters lurking beneath the surface. You’ve got these huge, squid-like health or financial problems that feel like they could swallow you whole. And then there are those annoying little issues—bills, work stress, you name it—that just keep expanding like *Sea Monkeys in water.

Yet, in the middle of storm, it’s pretty reassuring to remember that God’s the one steering the ship. He can calm even the roughest seas. I mean, this is the same God who created the heavens and the earth, and us too. So, no matter how daunting our problems may seem—whether they’re monstrous sea creatures or just tiny Sea Monkeys—God’s got our backs, plain and simple.

*Shrimp eggs that expand and come to life in water.