The Way of the Water
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-
As I step, I can see the sandy floor as a platform with steps that lead into the deep.
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.
This is the area of the shore where waves meet the beach.
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.
I am resting in the deep waters.
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.
A snorkeler passes by me with his face in 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 become relaxed and secure- I stretch out and depend on the way of the water. It holds me. It carries me. It calms me.
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!
"Holy Spirit, please bring peace and rest to all who are reading this, those whose heart is anxious. You know their every concern and their every need. Help your precious ones learn to release and rest in the waves of your command. I ask that you bring comfort. Bring healing. Refresh and renew us in the salty water. Help us to bring our heart to you. In the name of Jesus I pray for you, Amen."
"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."
Quiet yourself. Spend time with the Father. Rest in the deep, deep love of Jesus. Listen to the Holy Spirit's comforting words. Journal what He is speaking. Write him a letter - casting the whole of your care on Him. He loves you...affectionately...He cares for you...watchfully. Do you trust Him?
Be a testimony or an encouragement to others. Share how God blesses you.
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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