I had been listening to “Oceans” by Hillsong for awhile, but it took me a lot longer to decide to finally do a video for it. I grabbed a camera and headed to the beach while I was in Nicaragua. A tripod was nowhere to be found, so instead I used a chair with an upside down trash can on it. I positioned the camera and got in the spot I drew in the sand, but my music was not loud enough to hear. The only source I had was an old iPhone 3, but the sound of the waves overpowered the volume of the device. I walked back to the camp, grabbed a cup to increase the sound, but it still did not work. I decided to wait and try again in the morning.
When the morning came, I went out on to the beach again. The tide was out, and it was relatively calm. It was great! After I finished the shot, I checked my camera and realized I could not use half of the footage. The temperature outside had changed and fogged the lens on the camera. By then, we had to leave, so my filming for the day was over. I went out again the next morning and had the same problem. I cleaned it a few times between shots, but it was still an evident problem. Eventually, I just decided that I had enough takes.
After a few days of filming, and then carrying the memory card around for the remainder of the trip, I finally made it home. My computer updated, which caused my video editing program to stop working. It was incompatible, and I began to think I would never get this video done. Because of this, I was forced to go out and buy the software. Thankfully, the gift cards I needed for it were buy one get one 30% off, and I am finally back in business.
After all the editing, and still not being fully pleased with the result, I am finally done with Oceans by Hillsong.
So what does this song mean?
I have always loved the themes of water that can be found in the Bible. You have floods and rains and oceans and storms. It’s great. I compare grace to the ocean all of the time. It’s more than abundant, and both can sweep us away in one solid swish. We are drowning in grace.
The cool thing about this song is that it takes it even a step further. You can find meaning in the song without even pointing it at grace. See, we live so much of our lives in a bubble of comfort. We don’t like to live by faith or do something dangerous. We think “Oh if only God could move something in my life. Stir up my soul,” but we do nothing to facilitate that. Read Matthew 14. It’s the story of Jesus walking on water, and it matches the song perfectly.
Wouldn’t it be great to be Peter? I would like to think I would do what he did, but chances are neither I nor you would. We aren’t Peter when we walk by someone who’s crying or living on the street. We aren’t Peter when someone new comes to church. We aren’t Peter when someone challenges our faith. We aren’t Peter in the moments that matter the most.
We are trapped in a comfort zone. We are stuck in our boat because it feels safe. Those storms out there? They aren’t for me. I’ve got blankets and Oreos here; there’s no way I’m walking out into the unknown. I can find God here in my nice do-nothing space. It’s peaceful.
You’re singing Oceans, but are you crossing borders?
I want to encourage you to go out there and try new things, but not in the Eat Pray Love kind of way. I want you to let Oceans be your prayer of service.
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk to wherever You call me. Send me further than my feet could ever walk. My faith will be made stronger when I stand in Your presence.
Leave your comfort zone and serve in the mission of Jesus. Being bold and doing things you’ve never done before will be hard, so having a strong faith will be important. You will need it if you want to keep your eyes above the waves.
It only takes one step, one decision, and one calling to walk out to where your feet may fail.
Will you leave your boat?