I’m no Gidget. I’ve never surfed and never had a notion to do so. But life can be like surfing—you catch the wave, ride the tube, and your amped. Dude! Then, the wave collapses and you’re locked in, eating it.

For two months, we had illness and hospitalization in our extended family. Thankfully, surgery took away the immediate danger, but a complication left my father-in-law to recuperate in the hospital for many more days than any of us (including the doctor) had planned. It has been a hectic and worrisome time. He came home the day before Thanksgiving and we were stoked. Until…

My daughter and I got out on Black Friday—no, not in the wee hours of the morning. I’m past the age of finding midnight shopping an adventure to be experienced—but we were gone all day and into the evening. We had a great time looking for the right clothing that would “class-up” her wardrobe. We ate a nice lunch and she got her Starbucks fix. We bought various items, including the gorgeous dress that pleased her—at a price that pleased me. We talked and laughed. Cowabunga! Until…

She lost her cell phone—her only-owned-for-four-months cell phone. I won’t go into the details other than to say it was our last stop and we wiped out.

Have you experienced times like these? The waves are cranking and so are you. Then, BAM! You take a pounding and ding your board—or worse.

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NIV)

Great words to remember at all times, but especially when life gets gnarly. Right now, I’m in the lull, waiting for the next wave. Where are you?

Sandra Ardoin loves history and fiction, so how could she help but put the two together? Her work has been published in various forms, but fiction allows her to share the stories that run through her imagination. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Contact Sandra through her website at Follow her on Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads.

(Thanks to the website for the surfing terms.)

8 thoughts on “SURFING ROUGH SEAS by Sandra Ardoin

  1. Welcome, Sandy. Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm not one to get out on Black Friday either. I value sleep. I'm glad your father-in-law is better, but sorry about the cell phone.

    Surfing. What a cool analogy to the ups and downs of life. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Hi Heidi. lol. I debated the same issue myself and couldn't decide since life seems kind of crazy right now, especially with the holidays slinking around the calendar corner. Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Thanks for the reminder that there are ebbs and flows to crises. Right now we are crashing under the waves – one thing after another and it's hard to keep my head up. But God is good and He cares for us. I just have to hold my breath and trust Him! 🙂


  4. Hi, Angie.

    It's tough to get bowled over by wave after wave. I'm sorry to hear you're going through that right now. You're right, God is there in the waters beside you and He will hold you up.


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