Swimming With Loons

Loons

I did it! I finally got into the lake and swam. I’ve been waiting all summer long for this moment. Have you ever waited a long time for something and it finally unfolded right before your very eyes? I know I have and the wait has always been well worth it. But, there have also been times where I’ve waited and waited and waited for something that never came to be. Have you ever been there? Have you ever doubted the wait?

The Israelites waited 40 years for the Promise Land. They found fault in everything that Moses was relaying to them from God. “Why did we come out into this desert country? We will be killed and our children captured. We should have stayed in Egypt.” “Let’s go back to Egypt.” Have you ever felt so confused about the wait that you just wanted to turn back?

While wandering, the Israelites soon began to complain about their hardships. (Numbers 11:1) They complained about the food because it was not meat to eat. They compared their circumstance to when they lived in Egypt and had all of the fish they wanted to eat at no cost. They wanted more than mana. They grumbled and didn’t want to wait for the Promise Land.

In chapter 14 God instructed Moses to tell them that in the desert their bodies will fall, every one of them twenty years old or more…who has grumbled against Him. What did the Israelites do? They decided to enter the land anyway (14:41-42). They ended up being tackled and beaten by the Amalekites and Canaanites just as God had said. They didn’t wait on God.

If we decide to take matters into our own hands before God gives us the go ahead, we will probably suffer the consequences. The new Testament tells us that “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come” (1 Corinthians 10:11).

If you are having to continue to wait, how are you handling your wilderness? Don’t turn back when the road ahead looks too long and difficult. Waiting with faith will prevail. Humble yourself before the Lord, seek His direction and stay the course.

Today, my second day to swim in the fresh clear pond, I ventured out pretty far from the dock. I floated on my back and looked up at the sky. Magnificent! I was startled though when about 30 feet from me a loon popped up. I was startled at first but then watched as It began to sing it’s beautiful call. When it spotted me, It dashed back under not to be seen again. I waited for this moment to swim and I was hugely blessed.

Don’t forget to swim with the loons…wait for the right time…feel and enjoy the experience.20150730_135303

A PLUNGE OF FAITH

What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations.Genesis 17:5 NLT

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Thought for the day: Is there something that you need to trust and plunge into?

During my recent visit to our family camp, I finally found it warm enough, not hot, but warm enough to entice me into the water. I am a swimmer and love the lake. Every time I visit camp, that’s all I want to do; plunge into the crystal clear blue water, swim, snorkel and float.

I am not a plunger though; I tip-toe in. First I get the toes in, slowly work the knees in, even more slowly step out to waist-high water then usually at that point, I will plunge. NOT THIS TIME!!! It was way too cold. From the shore my mom kept shouting, “Just plunge in.” I yelled back, “I’m too scared I’ll have a heart attack; it’s way too cold.”

Have you ever been faced with something enticing but difficult but you knew the only way to do it would be to just plunge in? Maybe it’s been a task at work, a ministry at church or in my case, a move to a new state.

I knew for well over a year that I needed to be with my mom but didn’t quite understand the direction my life was taking. I had to trust and just plunge in. This was a calling on my life and there was no negotiation. There was no sitting around waiting…This was a “GO” and it will be revealed later. This was a PLUNGE of FAITH.

We can look into Genesis 12:1-4 and see an example of God instructing Abram to GO. He told him to leave his country and family and go into a new land and promised to lead him and bless him there. Abrams was 75 years old. Can you imagine picking up your life and plunging into a move at the age of 75? I barely survived at 52…We know that at the end of the story Abram was blessed and his name was changed to Abraham, meaning: “Father of many nations” and those nations are blessed today because of his obedience to plunge in with both feet by faith.

We can easily bring up excuses to God as to why we can’t go all in. Instead of going, we hesitate a bit in fear of what might happen. I have not taken the plunge into the cold water yet, but I will. I DID however, take the plunge when God said, “Go to Maine.” Here I am, in a fantastic church, making great new friends, spending much-needed time with my mom and enjoying my life as it is. I’m trusting the journey.

Are You?

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