Shifting Winds

Waves on the Lake

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Thought for the day: Think about the turbulent times in your life. How did your survive?

I can watch the waves on this beautiful lake all day long. Sometimes the water looks as still as a mirror and just within a matter of minutes, the wind will shift causing rough violent white caps.

Does this description sound like your life at times? Is everything all calm and in order, then in a blink of an eye, it turns turbulent?

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Today all within a matter of fifteen minutes, I not only observed a calm mirror-like lake, then within an hour the wind shifted, picked up from the North which kicked up some violent waves. The funny thing is, I watched it as it was approaching from across the lake. The thunder started to roll, lightning strike and before we knew it, we were in a full-blown storm.

Being prepared just doesn’t cut it at times because storms are unpredictable. Knowing how to deal with them is the key. We have generators, flashlights, candles, extra water and plenty of food.

During the spiritual storms of our lives, we also need to know how to deal with them. When they hit, we can be still or act crazy. I would opt for being still. When we are still, we can be more in tune as to what’s causing the storm.

As the storm passed through, the lake was once again calm and content. I desire calm; how about you? I desire to be still and pay attention to what’s happening in my life so that I can come out on the other side maybe a less wounded or broken.

Matthew 8:24

And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep.

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What Do I Do, God?

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During my recent camp visit, I notice my little dog, Peek, was aimlessly wandering , trying to find a comfortable place to relax. First she was on the deck, then up in a chair. She then went down onto the dock that overlooked the lake. She’s usually such a content dog, so this strange behavior was troublesome to me. My mom and I just watched her for what seamed like a good ten to fifteen minutes, looking and sniffing for the perfect place to rest, when my mom said, “She just doesn’t know what to do.” Finally, she found a spot, in the sliver of sun that was shining in the grass. She nestled down into it and relaxed.

Been there? How many times have you felt like you can’t settle down because of a situation? I know I have. I have backed myself into a corner a few times in life asking, “What do I do God?”

When we are having those moments, hours, days or months feeling unsettled; we need to just be still. Is that easier said than done? Oh yeah! I can think of many men and women in the Bible that felt backed into a corner when feeling unsettled about God’s direction in their lives.

Right off the bat I think of Jonah. He was called by God to go preach repentance into the city of Nineveh. Instead, being the stubborn fellow that he was, he did just the opposite of what he was told. He went down to the seaport of Joppa and booked a passage on a ship to Tarshish, headed directly away from Nineveh. He ran away from God. Because he took a detour, God brought on horrendous storms. Jonah boarded a boat with fishermen and they were determined that Jonah caused the violent storms. Eventually, they threw him overboard. Once he was thrown out of  the boat, the water immediately grew calm. Jonah, by the Grace of God didn’t drown but ended up in a whale. Here’s where I believe Jonah repented and thought, what do I do now, God?

Sometimes we have to be swallowed up by the storms of life in order to cause us to pause and ask, “What do I do?” Jonah was in the whale’s stomach for three days.There must have been a whole lot of thinking, praying and crying going on. God commanded the whale, and it vomited the prophet onto dry land. We too may have to stay in a place of thinking, praying and crying before we are spit out of our trials and know what to do next.

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
1 Chronicles 16:11

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