Standing on the edge of the waves, I try to keep on solid ground –
taking charge of my steps and watchfully stepping where I feel secure.
This is the way of many believers.
They have once been touched by the waves of God’s grace and delight in it’s intermittent touch –
An outpour of refreshment – an occasional covering of coolness to ease the steps of the hot and tired.
Only a taste! They are satisfied. I am not!
Those waves seduce, entice me to step further into the water-
I am secure where I am, the water is up to my knees and I continue to view the gulf floor.
The waters beckon me to come.
One unguarded step and I fall into the waves.
At first, I am afraid. Then, my standing becomes firm and secure.
The fierceness of those raging waves try to succumb –
It is during that time that I feel tossed and unstable fearing for my life.
The waves rush in and the current pulls out!
It seems to draw me deeper into the water-
A few steps out and the raging waves are calmed-
A sense of peace provides comfort.
The waves do not stop, but because I am deeper, the roughness doesn’t seem as hard-
I cannot fight the deep-
It’s current let’s me float in the graces of the water.
Seeing where I’ve been and where I’m headed-
His graceful body floats with ease and encourages me to rest – do not resist –
To get where he is, he also had to travel my same path - face my same fears.
This reminds me of the scripture, “so great a cloud of witnesses.”
I breathe in and out - my eyes are closed.
I rely on the peace that covers me and allows me to float, gently, securely.
The pressure of the water is as the hand of God beneath me, holding me steady.
I long that others would step just a few more steps as I did-
Past the shallow, past the tugging tide, to float where the waters lead,
Resting in the deep!
Resting in the waves of the Living Water! Safe. Secure. Relaxed. At peace!
"Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all ] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully."
1 Peter 5:7 The Amplified Bible
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The reflection above was actually written during my 12 day get away to Gulf Shores some time ago. It is very rare that I spend time alone but since that time away, my spirit yearns for more of those moments. God gave me many "object lessons" while I spent time listening to His voice and watching His creation. My prayer is for you to take time to rest. Observe all that God is showing you, and then write it down! He speaks all the time, we just never take time to stop and listen and write! I pray that you would share those observations; for that is the way we are all encouraged in our faith journey.
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