Topsy Turvy – Unwavering Hope

One fun adventure I went on with my dad was ocean fishing off the coast of Washington. We got up at the crack of dawn to make it to the dock.

We weren’t the only ones setting sail on an adventure. There was another exuberant tourist that I will call Jeff since  I don’t really know his name.

Jeff waved to his wife and two year old son that stood on the dock as we launched. Excited, nervous energy oozed from his pours.

He stood arms on the side of the boat like he owned the world. The wind whipped at his hair and rosy cheeks.

The further we got into the ocean the more the boat swayed from side to side. Pretty soon his face took on a green hue. He sat down and closed his eyes, gripping the white deck side bench with white knuckles.

Truth be told, I felt sorry for the man. If it hadn’t gotten me kicked off of the boat, I would have loved to stand feet hooked through the metal rails at the front of the boat, arms outstretched in a T, letting the wind and smell of the sea wash over me. Well, if it weren’t for the whole idea of sharks.

Jeff, on the other hand, starting feeding the fish over the side of the boat. I was pretty sure that wasn’t the fishing bait the captain had in mind.

In the ocean I discovered you can catch two fish at a time. Way Fun! My dad and I started reeling them in, hoping the day would never end. I loved the sea, is it any surprise being the great, great granddaughter of a Norwegian Sea Captain?

Poor Jeff, wanted to go home by the time we hit our fishing spot. The lunch he’d lugged on the boat sat untouched. He didn’t even bother to pretend to fish. He’d lost all hope that fishing could be an adventure, but then who could blame him as he tossed his breakfast overboard at alarming intervals.

Jeff made it back to shore. He’d had adventure, although it wasn’t the one he’d hoped at the beginning of the day.

How about your life personally or professionally? Are you feeling Topsy Turvy and giving up hope that what you felt God had planned for you could ever happen?

It’s an easy thing to do, but God is faithful and He has an amazing plan for your journey. 

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)

An Encouraging Song From Shirley Ceasar: He’ll Do It Again

An Encouraging Song From Natalie Grant:  Our Hope Endures

Share a time when God has been faithful to you or someone you know.


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

2 thoughts on “Topsy Turvy – Unwavering Hope

  1. Sarah Hirji-Walji says:

    Great thought and reminder. Thanks for sharing Michelle!

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