"Afterward he brought me to the gate, the gate that faces toward teh east. And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters, and the earth shone with His glory." Ezekiel 43:1
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3
I don't know about you, but there are times I find myself in need the sound of the waterfall of grace to drown out the sound of life. The drought of a weary soul from from life events, the threat of increasing heat and limited water for the summer all begin to drag the corners of my mouth into a grim line. Added to the mix today is the obnoxious sound of the peacock in my yard who has decided to announce his presence every five minutes, disturbing the peace of my normally quiet home.
I find I am tired. Tired of saying things are OK when they're not as I hoped they would be. It’s not that things are bad, it’s just this isn't where I expected to be at this time in my journey. Or perhaps it's just a road weary soul.
That’s the trouble with not getting enough rest and looking beyond what is, into the wish/want list of the “if only”.
When I find myself in these moments, it takes extreme diligence and tenacity to return to waterfall living; that place where I can hear only God’s voice as He speaks truth into my life. Although I know the thunderous sound of the voice of the Living Water will refresh and renew my spirit, traveling back into His embrace is often hindered by my selfish will. Stubbornness and a distinct desire to see things done in the time frame I have in mind, can become stumbling blocks in my journey as I try to remain centered in His will.
As I struggle to find my footing, I see want for my desires hinder me from contenting myself with the plan within the Father’s hand. It frustrates me that I seem to have gotten so far away again. I know it is green pasture and still waters that delight the weary soul, and I need to hear God speak.
Drawing near to Him, the thunder of His voice calms and stills my restless spirit. As I allow His words to wash over me, I am less and less distracted by the circumstances that surround me and find comfort and peace in His words. “Fear not, I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13) “Be still. Know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15) “Those who wait upon the LORD will renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
The thunder of His voice blocks out the sound of the lies the enemy would like me to hear, and refreshes my eyes with truth and new sight. Centered once again in the palm of God's magnificent hand, I breathe a sigh of relief confident in His loving care. I know I am exactly where He wants me to be.