“Don’t Lose Sight” – A Marine Senior Drill Instructor’s Wisdom

My sister Miriam is off at boot camp in South Carolina in the process of becoming a marine. We finally received a letter from her the other day where she quoted her senior drill instructors saying, “Don’t lose sight of the ocean for the waves in front of you.”

It reminded me of where it says in the Bible, “You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.” (Psalm 89:9)
If you haven’t noticed, I kind of have a thing for the sea. To me, it represents strength and wonder, faith against fear, the marvelous uncharted. Personally, not losing sight of the ocean means not losing sight of the souls in France who have yet to hear the gospel or experience the love of Christ. Those in red light districts living in unimaginable conditions of the depravity of mankind, without the hope that can only be found in Christ.

So much of this journey is having the faith to know that God in all of His might and love, overcomes the obstacles that stand before us. The waves, so to speak. Every. Single. Time. And at times, He uses us to do it.

What waves have come between you and your view of the “ocean?” I want to encourage you today not to lose sight of those things that God is calling you to because of temporary obstacles or hardships. The end goal is always the glorification of God through our lives while we are here on earth. Don’t let anything hinder you from this.


Published by Marissa

I am an ordained minister and have my M.A. in Theology & Culture. I have worked with church plants across the United States, served with ministries in France and Turkey, and spent years working against sex trafficking alongside incredible organizations. I believe that theology is for everyone, and that’s why I’m passionate about teaching and mentoring believers in their faith journey.

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