Savoring the Savior

1John2:6
“He who says he abides in Him ought himself also walk just as He walked.”

There is such beauty with abiding in Christ. In the midst of so much going on in the world you can easily become overwhelmed, often feeling defeated. I especially feel that way when I look around and see how many people need Jesus! As someone who is in ministry, I can tend to feel like we aren’t even making a dent in this world. Especially on Kauai and with the youth.

The Lord had been doing a huge work in my life by simply teaching me about the power of prayer and being in His presence. To understand the access we have through prayer not only to Christ, but the power in interceding on behalf of others. The Bible says that, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16).

I have come to realize how often I am sluggish in my prayer life. It’s like we treat God as our magic Genie. When we need something we will come to Him with our requests “wishes” but then leave Him hanging other times. We even have the nerve to blame Him when things are not going right in our life. So often many of us take all that the Lord has done for us, all His grace, all His mercy, all His love and treat it as a common thing. We take Him for granted.

As I was home during the holidays, I was bombarded with news of kids who were not making the best choices for themselves back on Kauai. Kids are notorious for this, as we all know! I must say though, the news was pretty disheartening for me. So many of the kids who had been doing well in their walks, now found that the world was looking very appealing to them. I remember being up one night till 2am talking with different kids, praying for them and helping them through things. As I laid down to go to sleep, I had a heavy heart! I felt the Lord begin to talk to me, asking me if these issues were too big for Him? When I opened the word this is what I read…

Psalm 63
New King James Version (NKJV)
Joy in the Fellowship of God
A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
O God, You are my God; 
Early will I seek You;
 My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You 
In a dry and thirsty land
 Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, 
To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, 
 My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
 I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
 And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
When I remember You on my bed,
 I meditate on You in the night watches.
Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.
But those who seek my life, to destroy it,
 Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
They shall fall by the sword;
They shall be a portion for jackals.
But the king shall rejoice in God;
Everyone who swears by Him shall glory;
 But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.

It is believed that this Psalm was written while David was in the wilderness hiding out from those who sought to kill him. He had lost all the comforts and riches he once held so dear. Not only did he lose everything, the man who he served with, the very king who brought him into his kingdom and gave him of all he had, that very king now sought to kill him.

David at this time was going through a lot! Yet he didn’t turn his back on God. There is so many things I love about Psalm 63! In David’s dry and weary season, in his spiritual drought, he sought the Lord. He made a conscious choice to follow God. The theme I have this month with the youth is purposing in your heart to follow God. From the moment you wake till the moment you lay down, live every moment savoring the sweetness of our Savior.

When we look to God in the hard times, it enables us to take our eyes off that problem and allows us to see it from a different perspective. That does not mean things will change right away; but our faith will grow and we will trust Him with the unseen. We understand David was in the wilderness for quite a while, but God
did deliver him! God was teaching David how to depend upon Him. God was causing David to focus on Him.

David knew something about savoring God. He meditated in the night watches. The night I was up stressing for all these kids, I should have been praying for them and meditating on all the promises God
has given us in His word. The Bible says, “In His presence is fullness of Joy.” If life today is robbing you of His joy, then take the time to cocoon in His presence. Savior Him and all He is and has done. Talk to Him.

Through His Holy Spirit, He has given us access to Him. Don’t lose heart. Share with Him your trials, tribulations, fears, temptations, stresses and joys. Find that sweetness of being with Him in prayer. It will change your life.
It has mine! I have never savored Him more. I look forward every morning to talking to Him. Interceding for those who are struggling and seeing Gods mighty hand moving in them. He is faithful, and we should savor in that alone!

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About Sarah Rachel Hill

After graduating high school, a tragic surfing accident changed Sarah Hill's life. Suffering a broken neck and back, Sarah clung to Christ and through this painful journey, God's plan and purpose for her life started to become clear. After recovering from her accident, Sarah completed her Associate's Degree in theology from Calvary Chapel Bible College (CCBC). Trusting God, Sarah returned to surfing and became a missionary to the island of Kauai in June 2001. There, Sarah founded Kauai Child, a ministry geared toward the island's kids. Soon after arriving in Kauai, she began spending more of her time in ministry to junior and senior high students. Sarah has helped create youth groups on the North Shore of Kauai and ministers to more than 150 kids a week. Because of her fun and loving approach to youth, she has one of the largest youth groups on Kauai. Sarah takes the time to truly listen and understand the full scope of each student's needs. Her ministry also includes helping establish Christian clubs in public schools, discipling kids, counseling students and their families, and of course, her ministry to kids on the water while surfing! Grounded in her devotion and love for Christ for more than 17 years and in ministry for 12 years, Sarah's training allows her to recognize those in need and gives her the ability to reach out to them. After growing up in a tough and abusive home, through God's grace, she continues impacting lives for God's kingdom on Kauai ... and beyond. In SOUL SURFER, Sarah is portrayed by Carrie Underwood. View all posts by Sarah Rachel Hill

5 responses to “Savoring the Savior

  • Dylan Reno (@DylanReno1)

    That is so true that we take God for granted. He is in our lives all the time, He knows all the things we do wrong. As I watched Bethany’s movie, Soul Surfer, it got me thinking about all the things I have taken granted in my life and one of the people I took for granted was God. We are all in his ministry to help people believe His word The Bible. This blog hit all the key points that we take for granted like praying only about our wishes not about others. I have been praying lately about everybody that is having a hard time right now like the people in the cruise ship that turned over. God is in work all of our lives not just when you think you need HIm. I am 19 years old and have been helping children become better Christians for about 5 years now. It is not easy but a lot of children now pray about others not their wishes.

  • Becky

    So true! And so encouraging. Thank you Sarah!

  • sis emma white-mbise

    first steps is so wonderful. youth leader sarah, may you consider bringing ur youth group to mt meru tanzania to volunteer n help with orphans n widows?

    thank you

    pastor emma n luke mbise

    doves eyes eagles wings outreach

  • Becky Filion

    Again, you bless me with your blog’s! God continues to use you in each and every life you come into!

  • serannwil99

    you have no idea how much I needed to read this especially after this morning it was a roller coaster of a day, but this helped to give me a different point of view.

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