A life without borders on the ocean of God

We just started singing this song at our church and it has quickly become the theme song for us. For it echoes a beckoning that must be responded to.

Like Peter, we hear the calling and know we can’t stay where we felt so secure before–back to the former way of living–the predictable, the known, the safe, where all must be calculated, weighed in the balance, categorized, understood and controlled by what we see.

No, against that fear that would rises up we must recklessly, illogically, irrationally step out into these waters–into the mystery, into the very heart of God.

Beloved, God is calling us to a life without borders, yes, to the most daring adventure of a lifetime–a life full of Him. Where we are taught unconditional trust and vulnerability, and  where we find the truest meaning of love. Where we learn what God means by intimacy and grace.

For He is lovingly, relentlessly and passionately taking us farther from these familiar shores of fear and doubt, farther out into His ocean than we’ve ever been before.

And we must leave behind our self-life preservers that buoyed us in our false sense of security–that we floated on in fear when we were supposed to be walking with Him in love.

For He truly has us in the palm of His hand. Except, now we’re beginning to know it. To believe it. To live in this reality.

Would you take courage and answer His call to come to Him on these waters?

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
By Joel Houston | Matt Crocker | Salomon Ligthelm
© 2012 Hillsong Music Publishing (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep my faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sov’reign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

Oh and You are mine oh

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Saviour

Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Oh Jesus yeah my God

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 42 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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16 Responses to A life without borders on the ocean of God

  1. Love that song, too. We’ve been using it in our Women’s Ministry. It’s amazing to think about being swallowed by the ocean where only God is there, where trust grows infinite, where we are face to face with the One who saves, Who bestows grace, Who is there at the calling of His name.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen! One of my other favorite God-ocean songs is by Jonathan David Helser called “Endless Ocean.” I may feature this song sometime in the future. The chorus goes, “You are an endless ocean, a bottomless sea.” But my favorite line is at the end, “There’s no end to the affection you have for me!”

      Lord, swallow me up! 🙂

  2. Cindy Powell says:

    I love this song too. Right where lots of folks are at … including me 🙂

  3. I LOVE this song… Love the deep waters!

  4. Great Biblical principle. Only when Peter took his eyes off his Lord as he walked on the waters, did he begin to sink beneath the stormy sea. Therefore when storms batter us, we should always remember to keep our eyes focused on Christ to see us through.(I really like the title of this blog too.) Blessings,

    • Mel Wild says:

      Great point. And another thing about that is that when we do happen to take our eyes off of Him, He graciously pulls us back up again. So there’s no fear of failure here, only love compelling us to enter into the adventure.

      Thanks for your gracious comments. Much appreciated. Blessings to you and your ministry.

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  6. Reblogged this on Lessons by Heart and commented:
    This song quickly became my favorite when I first heard it in January. Let’s take a walk on the wild side with our Lord! \o/

  7. Thanks for this song – and the lyrics, which I haven’t fully learned yet. I reblogged it for those who haven’t yet heard the words. May many take the words to heart and make it their prayer as well.


  8. Julie Garro says:

    Really enjoy this song too. Your post adds to the meaning. Thanks!

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