Don’t Be So Shallow!

“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” Psalm 42:7

It’s that time of year again! The time many of us travel to the beach and soak up some sun (or get burnt for my fellow fair-skinned people). A time for us to take perfect pictures, maybe even pretty enough to not even need a filter and just try to enjoy some hard earned rest and relaxation.

Whether you are beach lover or not, I think we can agree that seeing the ocean expand as far as the eye can see is a breathtaking sight. I have always enjoyed this view and have even ventured out to enjoy the waters, although the older I get the more I enjoy the pool. Regardless, we all know that as relaxing as the sound of crashing waves are while we get our tan have a different effect on us than when we are out there. Sometimes they can even knock us down, especially for those us who are already vertically challenged but I digress.

The deep can be scary. We want the familiar. We want things the way they have always been even if that means settling so we don’t rock the boat (pun totally intended).

So why is it that God calls us to go deeper in our spiritual walk?

Because if we stay in the shallow end there is no challenge. There is no change. And there is no chance of something new.

If the enemy can trick us and have us stay where we have always been he wins because we won’t be effective in furthering God’s kingdom.

But if we dare to go deeper He will give us strength and a peace like we have never known. We do this by diving deeper into His word, growing in our relationships with others, and knowing who we are in Christ.

Friend, I am praying that you have a heart that allows God to take you deeper even when you are scared. In those moments of concern or fear, just remember our Savior walks on water and always pulls us up when we start to sink under the weight of our worries. (Matthew 14:22-32).

 

 

 

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“Water” You Waiting For?

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Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my quiet time with the Lord? I get more wisdom and peace in 10 minutes than I do reading books and relaxing all day long. If you haven’t found a designated quiet time, I highly recommend it! 🙂

Anyway, today I read some of Priscilla Shirer’s book One In a Million and she talked about how the Israelites were needing some water to drink but were unable to because the water was very bitter. They were at a place called Marah, in the Valley of Shur. This caught my eye because I remembered reading in Ruth 1:20 that Naomi said that she should be called Mara because the Almighty had made her very bitter.  I love it when the Lord reveals these kind of connections!

Going back to the Israelites though, Exodus 15:22 says that they had journeyed for THREE days without finding water. Talk about a let down!

Verse 24 said that they grumbled to Moses, “What are we going to drink?”. Logical question don’t you think? They weren’t just wanting an extra cup for the road, they were parched!

The first part of verse 25 shows us exactly what Moses did.

“So he [Moses] cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed Him a tree. When he threw it into the water, the water became drinkable.” (HCSB)

A few things I want to point out here…

1.”Moses cried out to The Lord.”

Not his brother Aaron. Not his sister Miriam. Not to his best buddies or to that one Israelite who “knew it all” (There’s one in every crowd.) He cried out to His God, the one who gives all wisdom.

2. “The Lord showed Him a tree.”

God IS always faithful. Like Moses, when we seek Him above all else, He reveals Himself to us in SO many ways.

3. “He threw it in the water”

Moses had a choice to make, keep listening to these people complain or take a leap of faith. Just imagine that scenario, you see your leader cutting a tree and throwing it in the water. I would imagine there were a lot of confused looks but when they heard that the water was finally drinkable, they were very thankful.

The last part of verse 25 says,

He made a statute and ordinance for them at Marah and He tested them there.

Did you catch that? He tested them.

If you are child of God, I can guarantee you that you WILL be tested.

I have had to come to grips with this recently. A few weeks ago, I was talking to a very dear friend of mine about my struggle with being single and she asked me something I never wanted to think about. She said, “Jennifer, what if God’s plan for you is to be single?”

Talk about something that can make you bitter. You see, getting married and having a family one day has always been a dream of mine and to imagine that it might not be God’s will not only scared me, it caused me to become very bitter. In all honesty, the thought of staying single sounds more like a punishment.

Like the Isrealites, I felt parched and desperate for water but God revealed to me that this world offers a lot of water from Marah but there is only one place to find living water.

John 4:14 says “Whoever drinks from the water that I give him will NEVER get thirsty again- EVER! In fact, the water that I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” (HCSB)

There are two words that stand out to me in this verse.

1 Give

Jesus’ gift of eternal life is completely free, we just have to accept it.

2. Will

Again, God is ALWAYS faithful so when he makes a promise, you can count on it.

Going back to that tree that Moses saw, I like to think it was like one mentioned in Psalm 1:3..

He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”

Sound like someone you want to be? In Christ and only in Him, you can be. 🙂

Did my problems change overnight? No. Do I still feel lonely at times? You bet. But you know what I have learned through all of this? I have to depend on God every single step of the way. After all, isn’t my relationship with him the most important one of all?