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130 The Deep Virtues Series – #20 BearsWave.Com “Weekly Deep in the Wave”

Brought to you by Bear Woznick Masters World Tandem Surf Champ and author of the book “Deep in the Wave – A Surfing Guide to the Soul”

 

“If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)

 

The setting sun back lights the head high wave illuminating it in hues of orange fading to turquoise as a tandem team paddles hard to catch it. They slide down its open face and then stand up as if they are one.  She turns to face him and then jumps with all of her might as he lifts her high up over his head.  She is lifted high above the wave and the people on the beach point in awe.  He is silhouetted by the wave but she is higher than the wave and is lit up by the golden setting sun.

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The onlookers all ask the same question.  “How can they possibly do that? They have to be one with that wave and one with each other.”  They can do that because the man is flowing with the power and direction of the wave and the woman is sensing every moment what the man is doing and following his lead.

 

When we are in the early stages of our journey towards intimacy with our Savior and Lord, we first learn to love God as our Savior. Our response to his rescuing us is a loving thankfulness for what he has done. We do not necessarily see him in all of is Glory and Virtue. We are just thankful that he saved us.  We love him more for what for he did for us by saving us than for who he is. But there is a time, when he invites us to learn to follow his lead and his will more closely so that we can experience the adventure of going deeper into his love.

 

If my tandem partner tenses up and focuses more on the wave, the potential dangers and on what she wants to do and tries to force her will, she puts herself in danger and greatly limits our ability to surf in the power vortex of the wave and it greatly restricts how extreme the lifts are that I can do with her.

 

This is why Jesus, he challenges us “If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) We can’t go out into deeper water with him and experience the deeper adventures he has for us if we mutiny on the surfboard.  If a tandem girl is tense, worried and willful she will not be able to flow with her partner and will miss out on the excitement and beauty that she could have been a part of.  She needs to try easy, to trust in her partner and tune into him and follow his signals.  She has to get her focus off herself and her fears and wants. She needs to be one with him and let her energy abide within his will and tune in to him.

 

I have sat on the board waiting for a wave with a very impatient partner.  I know the reef, the tide, the currents, the swell direction and I am aware of others in the water that may not be a danger. I position us in the line-up and I wait for the right wave. She will begin to say “I want that wave, let’s take that wave, why did we miss that wave?” But then when I guide us into a perfect wave she learns to trust in me. Can you see how silly it is when we take that same attitude with the Lord?

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We first love him because he saved us, but in the next phase in our journey we learn to love him and trust him as Lord. As we learn to say as Jesus said to his father: “Not My will but Your will be done” (Luke 22:42), whole new dimensions of intimacy with God open up.  It is in this phase of purgative love that we become more aware of the Holy Spirit challenging us and helping us to grow in the virtues.  We feel the cumbersomeness and the confusion of following our own agenda began to fall away.  It is not that life become easier. It is just that life becomes simpler as we seek to abide in the clarity of Virtue with a heart yielded to the will of our Lord.

 

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129 The Deep Virtues Series – #19 BearsWave.Com “Weekly Deep in the Wave”

129  DEEP IN THE WAVE WEEKLY – # 19 THE SEVEN VIRTUES SERIES

 

By Bear Woznick author of “Deep in the Wave – A Surfing Guide to the Soul”

 

The Virtue of Love – Responding in Love and Thankfulness to God saving us

 

Last week the surf was big here. On the ninth day of the swell, I dropped in on a towering wave that was two times over my head. I ran my board down the wall of the wave as fast I could. As I flew through one very fast and critical section, I could see a young couple stand up paddling in a deeper part of the channel just out of danger of this death bomb.

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It was a long ride and it took me a good ten minutes to stand up paddle back out to the line up. I kept scanning the horizon for that couple and finally spotted them as one massive wave lifted them high in the air and then I saw them disappear on the other side. I realized that they had no idea what kind of danger they were in.  Their accidental timing had carried them through the most dangerous impact zones during the lulls in between sets of waves.

 

Just like us when are adrift in our own will and agenda and think we are in control, they thought they were in control and that they were paddling powerfully.  Just like us when we follow the priorities the world sets for us, all they were doing was just going with the flow.  The riptide and off shore trade winds were propelling them out into danger while all the time they thought they were in control.

 

I had to paddle with all might to catch up to them.  Finally I shouted to them “Why don’t you guys turn and head to shore now” I glanced down at my Garmin GPS watch. “You guys are about 3/4 of a mile from where you started.” She quickly responded and turned her board but his response was slow and a bit resentful. “Kneel down and paddle get low so the wind does not catch you.”  She quickly complied but his response was slow and only half hearted.

 

He was not able to paddle against the wind and current and was still drifting fast further out to sea.   “Lay down, put your paddle by your side.” I looked at the girl and saw a look that told me she now recognized how much danger she was in.  She knew she was in over her head, but also I could see that my presence inspired confidence. “Grab my ankle leash” I yelled above the sound of the surf and wind.  She responded right away. And then I motioned to him “Grab her ankle leash.”  He had a look of confusion and fear mingled with resentment. But, as he drifted by, he finally reached out and grabbed her leash.

 

I pulled them behind me paddling hard towards shore against the current and the wind. I   carefully picked my way through the deeper channels while always checking the horizon and then timing my paddle to sneak through the various shallower reefs in between sets.  A good twenty minutes later we made it through the danger zone and to the shore without a single wave hitting us.  If we trust in him, Jesus is our surf guide and our rescuer in the deep water of our lives.

 

Just before we got to the safety of shore, he let go of her leash and began to paddle away from us but still angling towards shore.  When we got to the beach she looked at me with tears, “You are my hero …I mean you literally are my hero you saved me.”  But he walked up the beach ignoring me.  This is the way it is with rescues.  They love you or in their pride want to pretend they never knew you and did not need a life saver.

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Remember the story of the ten lepers that Jesus healed. Only one came back to thank him.  But God’s loves all of us and paddles out to rescue all of us. Will we respond in thanksgiving or will we ignore him? “God demonstrates his love, in that that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 )

 

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128 The Deep Virtues Series – #18 BearsWave.Com “Weekly Deep in the Wave”

Posted on June 7, 2013 by Bear Woznick

By Bear Woznick author of “Deep in the Wave – A Surfing Guide to the Soul”

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Hope in Darkness

 

My friend and tandem surfer, Ed Martinez of Cocoa Beach, was spear fishing the Cenote caves near the Mayan ruins in Mexico.  From the depths of the underwater sea cave you could see Ed suspended in the bright light shining through a hole in the cave ceiling. He held his head up through the chest size hole just above the surface of the water to breath.  He cleared his goggles and adjust his flippers.

He looked down and saw scattered beams of lite shining through the smaller holes that formed a Swiss cheese pattern on the cave ceiling. The mixture of fresh water flowing up from the cave floor caused a swirling affect in the salt water much like when water and oil are mixed together.

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Then he saw his prey.  He took a couple of deep breaths tightened his spear fishing sling and dove down after what he hoped would be his lunch.  The fish seemed to just stay out of range of his spear as he swam away from the light and into the darkness of the cave.

 

Ed swam and swam in vain pursuit until finally realizing he had gone past the point of no return.  He turned in the darkness back towards the maze of rock formation he had swam through and could not see how to get back to his opening.  He swam up to the ceiling and grabbing the rock pulled himself along the ceiling looking for a hole big enough to get out through.  There was myriad of holes and he could see daylight but there was none big enough.  This must be what souls in hell feel like after seeing God being sent to the place of eternal separation that they chose by their actions to live in forever.

 

Ed had come to an end of himself. His only hope was that they would find his body. But then, he sensed an inner voice say “just rest in me.”  So he stopped struggling and just let himself sink to the cave floor and found a peace, and a rest and a hope in his savior.  Just then something miraculous happened. As he settled down on the sea floor a powerful surge of fresh water burst through an opening below him and jetted him along the cave and up through an opening that he did not even know was there.

 

That fresh water river knew its course to the opening and in fact had created that very opening over hundreds of years. So it is with us.  Is our hope in our own efforts or in the that ancient river of hope and refreshment that only the Lord can send? It seems at times that when we worry and hurry, mistaking motion for progress, God just sits on the sidelines waiting for us to finally turn to him for his will and help.  We pursue empty pursuits like a prize fish instead of seeking the light and then find our selves in a dead end scramble to try to save our lives.   When we work in our own human effort God rests.  But when we turn to Him in hope and say not my way Lord but yours, then we rest and God works through us.

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Grace is God’s response to our failings.  Resting in him and hoping in him and becoming disciplined in the virtues is our correct response to his grace. For he says “I know what I have in store for you plans for peace not destruction, a future reserved for you full of hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) and he gives us hope  ‘If you seek me with all of your heart I will let you find me” (Jeremiah 29:13)

 

Until next time Ride the Wave of the Holy Spirit

 

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127 The Deep Virtues Series – #17 BearsWave.Com “Weekly Deep in the Wave”

Posted on May 20, 2013 by Bear Woznick

By Bear Woznick Author of “Deep in the Wave – A Surfing Guide to the Soul”

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Hope Amidst Waves of Adversity

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I was in my early thirties and I felt invincible in the ocean. That day that feeling radically changed.  Howard and I drove by the Ventura Pier on our way north to surf Rincon. By the time we drove back the surf had destroyed that pier.

We made our way down to the beach and then, as we knelt down and strapped our leashes to our ankles, we scanned the horizon. As big as it was, it was getting bigger. I felt compelled to make the sign of the cross as we heard basketball size boulders being banged against each other.

We would have to power ourselves through wall after wall of the biggest surf I had ever seen.  Howard spoke only one word: “Gnarely.” We paddled for thirty minutes but we still found ourselves fighting the powerful currents and waves trapped in the impact zone.

Finally, there seemed to be break in the swell and the hope within me called on every fiber of my being for an all or nothing effort. But, it turns out, that this was just a lull before the biggest set of the day. My heart sank as I saw mountains barreling towards us.  My only hope was to paddle over wave after wave beyond to deeper water. I made it over the first wave only to be facing a bigger one.  I paddled with all my might, stroke after stroke up its face, barely making it over the second one, but then, I saw the next monster wave.  It was already drawing me towards it sucking water up from the reef.  I knew that, no matter how hard I paddled, I could not make it over the thick lip of that wave before it threw. Diving deep would not help either. I could not get deep enough and it would just suck me up the back of the wave and then throw me over the falls.

I turned towards shore. It was well over a quarter of a mile away. I paddled with all the strength I had left. My heart pounded from the workout but even more from the fear. My heart sank.  I thought of my children.  How would they survive without their dad.

I looked up at the shore line and saw all the cars parked along Pacific Coast Highway and all the people standing there watching me die. I thought this is the last sight I will ever see. Just then, one of the waves I had just paddled over exploded against the twenty foot sea cliff cascading water right over the top of them and across three lanes of highway.  I knew how Peter felt when he was sinking. I looked back. The monster wave was throwing out over me.  I yelled out “JESUS!”  and took my last breath as the wave exploded on me.

It crushed me under its weight pinning me to my board as I rode under the white water towards the treacherous cliffs. I held onto the rails of my board with all my physical strength and held unto my hope in Jesus with all my might. He was my only hope.

Finally my board burst out from the wave and I caught my breath just as it surged and engulfed me again and threw me onto the rocky cliff. I scrambled up the cliff face dragging my surf board up the rocks behind me. As I reached the top, hands reached down to pull me up over the ledge on the highway. I thought of Peter as Jesus’ powerful arms pulled him out of his hopeless situation in the stormy sea.

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You see Hope is only hope if it is in a hopeless situation. But “Our hope is in the Lord.” (Psalm 14:6)” Look up your redemption draws near. (Luke 21:28 ) Reach up in hope to him now. No matter what your situation, He will not fail you.

 

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126 The Seven Virtues Series – #16 BearsWave.Com “Weekly Deep in the Wave”

Posted on May 11, 2013 by Bear Woznick

With Bear Woznick – Author of “Deep in the Wave – A Surfing Guide to the Soul”

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The Virtue of Hope

Sometimes, in the middle of the night, I wake up to the sound of surf and to a dream of a massive, beautiful wave rolling out in the deep blue, over a hundred miles out to sea and I know that my board and I have an appointment, with that wave, in the coming day. As Song of Solomon (Song of Solomon 5:2)  sings to us “I sleep but my heart is awake. I long for him whom my soul loves.”

I wake up a few hours later and pour a morning cup of Kona coffee and then, full of anticipation and excitement, I look out over the ocean to the horizon. I am filled with hope; longing for that perfect wave.  I wax up my board and paddle out a quarter of mile to the reef we call “Pops.” That reef bends the wave and draws it in to itself and makes it accelerate a bit as the off shore trade winds, blowing up its face, hold it up, sculpt it and hollow it out as it builds up and then finally throws.  I know, that if I time my drop just so and fade a little to the left and then power a bottom turn to the right, that I could find myself in the tube hidden in the barrel of the wave and I will be, as my book title proclaims “Deep in the Wave.”

There is a longing in all of us for that perfect wave, that perfect free throw shot, that perfect long pass, or the perfect approach golf shot.  There is something in man that is drawn to the beauty of perfection and more than that a desire to be one with it. There is a desire for the perfection of the beautiful high mountain meadow with that flowing stream cascading into a waterfall below.  Every romantic novel ever written, is really only tapping into that desire deep within us to love and to be loved by our creator. That “E.T. phone home” yearning in us is a deep longing for intimacy with our Creator that He Himself placed within us.

As I make the five minute paddle out to the line up, my eyes scan the horizon six to eight miles away in anticipation.  That is where you see the lines of the bigger surf rolling along like the back of a huge hump back whale. Do you see? I am paddling to the surf but, in a more powerful and awesome way, that wave is coming to me.  The Word promises us: “If you seek me I will let you find me. If you seek me with all your heart I will let you find me.”

This is our hope. That God will meet us here in our lives today for God is not afar off. He is as close as the next breath that he Himself gives to us. Hope is the deep longing desire that we hold before us. With an expectation that it will be realized.  But we must step off the shore line.  We must paddle out into the deep. We must respond to His calling and paddle out to meet him.

And then; and then we wait.  Surfers Wait.  We look to the horizon for what we long for.  We cannot make the surf build, we cannot make the wave.  Even so, we wait for the presence of the Lord for He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” ()  We can paddle out through prayer and adoration. We can paddle out to the reef by receiving the sacraments and through humble service.  But it is He that, in his perfect timing and will, sends us the waves of His Spirit that we may be so deep in Him that like a surfer deep in the tube, we are hidden in Him and only He is seen.

 

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125 The Seven Virtues Series – #15 BearsWave.Com “Weekly Deep in the Wave”

Posted on May 11, 2013 by Bear Woznick

With Bear Woznick – Author of “Deep in the Wave – A Surfing Guide to the Soul”

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The Virtue of Faith – It is What We Believe

 

I had kind of dozed off, laying back with one foot on the rudder guiding my twenty six  foot Catalina “The Tandem girl.” into the breeze.   I sat up a bit and did a 360 degree look around.  I could see that I was about halfway between the Channel Islands and Ventura Harbor. In other words I was in the shipping lanes where the big boys play. That was not a good place to doze off.   A fog bank had rolled over the islands moving towards me fast and it was in the process of swallowing up a huge freighter a few miles to my port side that seemed to be on a heading straight toward me.

 

The thought came to me “This cant be good”.  I did not have a radar deflector on my mast so I had to I hope that their crew had been alert enough to see little ole me before the fog enveloped us both. I checked out this “new” gadget I had just installed called “GPS” but I could not trust myself to it so I tapped the rim of the my compass and saw it float free and reset itself.  I turned my boat into the wind a bit with a heading about a mile south of where I knew the harbor entrance to be seven miles away.  By dead reckoning and keeping myself on 32 Degree heading, even in the fast approaching fog I should get close to my mark.  By keeping a keen ear I would hopefully hear the surf in time to turn to the port side before running aground, then I could sail along the coast until I heard the mournful fog horn at the entrance to my safe harbor.

 

I looked back at the big freighter but, she had disappeared into the oncoming fog that was now only minutes from swallowing me. The ships fog horn bellowed a mournful cry like a great bull mired in mud. I reached into my captain’s kit and brought out my little “wanna-be” fog horn and blasted out its pitiful screech that sounded like the cry of a baby wanting to be changed. I looked up at the mast head only to see her disappear as the fog engulfed me.  I could barely see the “telltail” wind indicator strings on the mainsail’s lowest reefing point just six feet above my head.

 

Here I was, one of the worst sailors the world had ever known, in the middle of no man’s land.  Just little ole me, the fog and a big gnarly freighter.  I usually sailed just by line of sight but now the only thing that I could barely see was the compass.  I knew that 32 degrees would take me to home port and it was also the fastest angle away out of the danger zone of the shipping lanes.

 

Jesus knew that there would be times like this for his church so he put an experienced fisherman and sailor to head the primitive church. Peter and his successors are the Captain of the Catholic Church or the “Bark of Peter” as she is called.  From the beginning men were appointed as successors. As they eleven said after the resurrection referring to place left open by Judas:  “Let another man take his place.” This apostolic succession of bishops comprises the magesterium; the official teaching body of the church.  The college of bishops point to us the heading on our compass to true north.

 

Deception is usually just a little lie that is mingled with truth. If my compass on my boat was only off by a few degrees I could end up lost at sea or being rundown by another ship in the shipping lanes. How important it is to have the proper solid interpretation of scripture.  All heresies of course are based on just a little twist in meaning of God’s word.

 

From the time when the primitive church defined and defended transubstantiation of the actual body and blood in the Eucharist and consubstantiation of the trinity and defined the canon of scripture, the magesterium defined and defended our faith. You can be confident that the Catholic Catechism faithfully interprets scripture. To paraphrase St Augustine “When you pick and choose what you want to believe of the gospel, you do not believe in the gospel at all you only believe in yourself.”

 

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124 The Seven Virtues Series – #14 BearsWave.Com “Weekly Deep in the Wave”

Posted on May 11, 2013 by Bear Woznick

With Bear Woznick – Author of “Deep in the Wave – A Surfing Guide to the Soul”

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The Virtue of Faith – The point of Departure

 

At what point does an adventure begin?  When did my adventure of paddling my surfboard across the twenty seven treacherous miles between the islands of Molokai and Oahu begin? Did it begin when I first conceived of the idea? Did it begin when I set the date for the paddle and began to write on a yellow pad the plan for accomplishing my goal? Was it when I began training with long paddles along the California shoreline and then later between the Channel islands and the coast?

 

Did it began when I checked in my twelve foot tandem surfboard at the airport counter in Oahu and the clerk looked at me funny when I bought only a one way ticket to the remote island of Molokai.  Did it start in the dark of the night under the stars and brilliant full moon as I heard the splash of my board hit the water, checked my compass,  crossed myself and jumped on my board?

 

Did the adventure begin when I put my first hand in the water and began my first paddle stroke? Did it began an hour later when I finally paddled beyond the pull of the tide as Laau Point receded out of sight? Did it start when the treacherous winds, ocean currents, tidal pull and a double overhead ground swell swept me away from Oahu?  Did it start when I made one of my six one minute rest stops on the ten hour and nineteen minute crossing and sat up on my board only to sense a massive shadow move beneath my board twice?

 

Did it start when I found myself paddling through and being stung by dozens of man of war jelly fish? Did it start seven hours into the paddle when just seven miles from Oahu, the rip tide from the thunderous surf off the cliffs and twenty-five mile an hour trade-winds pushed me so hard that I could not stop even a moment to rest? Did it begin when I finally grasped the harbor buoy at the entrance to Hawaii Kai only to have a massive wave crush me against it?  Or did it begin when I finally dragged myself onto land?

 

The essence of an adventure is a series of points of departure. It is that series of small decisions that propel a common man to do an uncommon thing. It is Peter stepping out of the boat in faith.  A hero takes that one step further through uncommon acts of valor of sacrificially giving himself in unconditional acts of love. It is Mary saying “Yes.”  It is Jesus at the Mount of Olives saying “Not my will, but thy will be done.”  It is the yes to rising in the morning in an act of fortitude and self sacrifice to provide for your family. It is a saying yes to daily mass and intercessory prayer, or praying the daily liturgy of the hour. It is leading your family in a decade of the rosary at dinner.  It is gathering others to start a men’s fellowship or just asking your pastor “What can I do to help?”

 

When does your adventure begin?  It begins now.  You already sense in your spirit the things that God is asking for you to lay down and the things that God is asking you to pick up.  You already see your point of departure and it is not far off on the horizon it is now.  As David prayed “Lead me to the rock to high to climb and I will climb it”

 

Pour a second cup of coffee and pull out a yellow pad of paper, pray and listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and begin to write down small goals and then begin to take small steps. Make stepping out in faith the pattern in your life.  You may miss the mark and not hear God quite right, or you may fail, but in the process you will grow, you will become, you will bless people and you will live. Say Yes to God’s will. Be the adventurer; walk humbly and boldly. Walk the heroes walk.

 

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123 The Seven Virtues Series – #13 BearsWave.Com “Weekly Deep in the Wave”

Posted on May 11, 2013 by Bear Woznick

With Masters Tandem Surf World Champ Bear Woznick – Author of “Deep in the Wave – A Surfing Guide to the Soul”

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The Prayer of Faith

 

Can you imagine what it felt like? I lifted Krystl Apeles high over my head in a victory lift on the podium on the beach in Waikiki in front of the statue of my boyhood hero Duke Kahanamoku and then received the World Masters Tandem Surfing Trophy.  Krystl was an amazing partner and it is she who deserves the credit for the win. As the cameras rolled and the crowd applauded I had only one thought. A scripture throbbed in my heart as it pounded with the exhilaration of the moment: “I glory in my weakness; for when I am weak then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:10)

 

To take any credit for that victory would only be vanity and vainglory. For you see, there was a time when I was almost an invalid. I often had collapsed for weeks at a time with severe back pain. I had been in a constant back spasm for nearly fifteen years.  The pain had made me emotionally edgy and it had restricted my physical activity.  The cold water of a California surf session would sooth it, while in the water, but by the the time I would get home I was walking with my back crooked over to one side again.

 

I had been to several doctors and therapists and even a committee of the best back specialists and researches in the world at UCLA. But they could not determine what was causing my pain and had no recommendation for treatment.  Physical Therapy only made it worse. It came to a point that I accepted that I would live like that the rest of my life, unless, God chose to heal me.  I knew he could heal me because fifteen years earlier he had healed me of hypoglycemia and I had witnessed other miracles.   I prayed to him almost every moment for relief and the “prayer of faith” (James 5:15) had been prayed over me many times.  I knew God could heal me if he wanted to, but if St.  Paul suffered with a “thorn in his flesh” (2 Cor 12:7)  perhaps this pain was being allowed by God for a higher purpose.

 

Then one day, at a christian seminar on prayer, one of the instructors said that he had a sense that God was healing someone of a back problem.  Then they said that the injury occurred while that person was carrying bricks and also while kicking someone.  That blew my mind. In college I had experienced the first injury while kicking during a karate class and then I re-injured it more severely while carrying some bricks.  At the moment that word was spoken, I felt something powerful flow through my body and my soul. God healed my back. My back had now become His back and my weakness had became infused with His strength for “When I am weak, then I am strong.”(2 Cor 12:10)

 

Even now, as I lean over to type this, I remember, almost every moment, that God healed me twenty years ago. Almost with every breath I breath, I remember, that by God’s grace and the prayer of faith, I am healed. That is why my being a Masters World Champion Tandem Surfer means nothing to me unless it means that it opens the door to share the incredibly good news of God’s power and love.

 

When we pray, we do not need white knuckle faith where we try hard to convince ourselves and God that we believe. That is more of a faith in faith, not a faith in God. Faith is just a resting in God’s faithfulness. When we pray for healing, miracles or provision we pray believing God will move in accord with His will.

 

God is not a vending machine.  The prayer of faith does not mean we always get the exact results that we wish for, but our prayers, fully yielded in a trusting to His will, are always answered with a Yes.  “All promises of God are a ‘Yes’ and a ‘So be it’.” (2 Cor 1:20) We are charged, by the very Creator of the Universe, with the responsibility and opportunity to actively participate in His releasing His power.  Like Mary, We are the ones that say “Yes” to God’s will and, in so doing, God says “Yes” to us and releases His power to accomplish His perfect will.

 

God respects the dignity of our free will and so awaits the prayers of the faithful to move.  He awaits our intercession. He restrains himself awaiting our entreaty,  Just as He knocks on the door of our hearts and waits for us, of our free will, to open ourselves to his saving grace, so he empowers us and awaits our saying “Yes” to His releasing His power on earth through our prayer. What a great role he has given us.  “The prayer of the faithful avails much.” (James 5:16)

 

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122 The Seven Virtues Series – #12 BearsWave.Com “Weekly Deep in the Wave”

Posted on May 11, 2013 by Bear Woznick

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With Masters Tandem Surf World Champ Bear Woznick – Author of “Deep in the Wave – A Surfing Guide to the Soul”

 

Faith; one of the three the theological virtues

 

I suspended my Swedish wife, Talin, upside down over my head in a one arm back where she remained suspended upside down.  A couple, with two spritely teenage girls, walked slowly by us on the beach speaking Swedish and pointing at Talin. She heard them talking about her and it made her giggle because she knew that they did not know she could understand them. She called out to them while still in the lift saying “Heya Swedia”

 

That set off a flourish of Swedish dialogue. I could tell that Talin wanted me to bring her down but instead I held here there with one arm as she continued her excited upside down discussion.  I finally relented and brought her down and they all continued talking in Swedish, which of course is all Greek to me. I hurriedly made myself look busy by doing nothing until finally Talin turned to me and said “You are taking the two girls tandem surfing.”

 

The girls looked fit and blessed with athletic ability. They did great with their beach training, but one of the girls, Angellica Benggstom, was obviously a trained athlete.  She could easily call on her body to position itself as I coached her and when it came to leaping ability, she jumped better than anyone I had ever trained.  I remember her first lift. As she jumped I lifted her with all my might. But she jumped so high that I had to hold onto her to stop her or so she would not launch into sub orbital space.

 

I paddled out with each of them in turn but, Angelica excelled in the water as she had on the land.  As we paddled out I asked her “What is the tandem girls most important job?” And she gave the correct answer “To make you look good of course.” Surfing with her and lifting her was effortless.

 

We paddled back in and we both carried the board up the beach to her parents.  I walked up to her father and said. Both your girls are gifted physically but Angellica has developed her God given attributes to an incredible level.  “Oh yes” he responded almost blushing because the Swedes find it very hard to boast  “she is very good.  She is the world champion in her age group in pole vaulting. She will compete in the Olympics.”

 

You see it is the same with Faith.  We are all given it as God breathed gift but what do we do with it? Faith is the only thing the bible tells us is a gift as well as a virtue or a fruit of the Spirit.  Just like a muscle, if we exercise our faith through resistance training, it grows stronger. Faith in fact is the essential beginning point for the three theological virtues of faith hope and love. It is the leap of faith that propels us into all of the rest that God has for us.

 

1st Corinthings 12:9 Tells us that God gives us the gift of faith. God breaths into each of us this gift. We are born a spirit, that though wounded by original sin, yearns for God.  God planted a  seed of faith in the arid ground in each of our souls.  If we water it though, it will grow.  There is a Godward compass within each of us that draws us just over the horizon to him.  Even atheists, in their faith that there is no God, seem to have to constantly deny that he exists. Its as if they have to shore up their faith that there is no God.  They are like a miner busily setting up cross beams in a cave that keeps gradually and relentlessly caving in on him.

 

But gifts are given to be exercised.  Like Angelica, if we exercise the gift that God gives us we in time can take the gift of faith and develop the bountiful fruit of the virtue of faith. (1st Cor 13:13). Which in turn develops power and agility in the other gifts and fruits of the Spirit.

 

 

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Until next time Ride the Wave of the Spirit

 

Aloha Kakou Malama Pono

 

 

 

 

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121 DEEP IN THE WAVE WEEKLY #11-The Seven Virtues Series- BearsWave.Com

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“A Surfing Guide to the Soul”

Faith; one of the three the theological virtues

The sign on the wall at the jump school said “I want to skydive but I can’t; I’m dead”. It’s the same with faith. You can only take your leap of faith while you are here on this earth, in this life.

 

Jesus challenged Peter to exercise his faith and to step out of the boat and even now
he challenges us to take the leap of faith and truly follow him. I can almost here
Peter’s thoughts as he stepped out of the boat “I sure am glad they haven’t invented
planes yet.” Faith propelled him out of that boat. Faith, by it’s very nature, means action;
it must leap. Faith without action is dead.

It takes more than just a mental assent to the aerodynamics of a parachute to jump out
of a plane. It takes that faith in action, that deed that propels you out of the plane
into a whole new dimension. If you want to get a sense of your own mortality, there is
nothing more real than the ground coming up at you at a rate of one hundred twenty
miles per hour. But, no matter how much fear jumpers may show before they jump, the
moment they leap, great exultation lights up their face.

Our jump master greeted us to began running us through a short briefing. Because this
was his first jump, Jeremiah was going to tandem jump while attached to a jump master.
We watched the video with the attorney telling us all the ways that we could die, signed
the papers and then went into the jump room.

The moment that you put that jump suit on the for the first time you have that feeling
of reality kicking you in the gut and saying “this is real bro.” We walked out onto the
tarmac and entered the jump plane with about a dozen other jumpers.

I wanted Jeremiah and I to be the last two out of the plane so that I could cruise around
near him after the chutes opened and throw the hang loose sign at him. The door
opened and people started jumping out. I could see the anxiety and excitement grow
on my son’s face as a plane full of people gradually emptied out.

There remained only one tandem jump team in front of us but the his jump master
signaled us to pass him. As we squeezed by I understood why. I glanced in his face
and saw a look of shear horror and, just then, he lost his bowels. Even with the door

of the plane wide open, a horrible stench filled the plane. This man had hope that the
chute would open but he had no faith that it would.

Do we have a hope of eternal life with God in heaven that translates to a vibrant
compelling faith. Does our life reflect that faith. Faith and deeds go hand in hand.
“Faith without works is dead” and smells to high heaven. The stench of
deedless faith is worse than the stench of that man who did not jump.

After your death, you won’t need faith. Whether you are in heaven or in hell, you will not
need faith. You will know the certainty of the spiritual dimension that you find yourself
in. It will be more real than the ground coming up at you at 120 miles per hour. You will
know for certain that the God respects the dignity of your free will, for he will give you
exactly what you loved and longed for and put your faith in while on earth. He will give
you exactly what your actions shouted that your faith really was in.

If you longed for relationship with him and to abide in his will, the vibrant living faith that you put in Him will carry you to “live” with Him. Even for the times that you struggled and were unfaithful he will forgive you, for He is always faithful.

 

But, if you denied him and rejected him, then he must deny you for he “cannot deny
himself”. And you will get exactly what your actions shouted, louder then words, that
you wanted. Casual words of faith, with no fruit born out by deeds, is not faith at all. It
is just presumptuous and pretentious spiritual pride that mocks the heart of God and
his son’s sacrifice. You will “exist” forever but, because your faith is dead, you will be
forever separated from God’s love.

Faith by it’s very nature leaps. It takes action. So leap.

Until Next week Ride the Wave of the Spirit.

Aloha Kakou Malama Pono

 

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