“The power of the river is to flow wildly. The power of the lake is to think calmly. A wise man both flows like a river and thinks like a lake”.
Last week was not kind to me. I was tested on many levels from the get-go on Monday morning. The middle of the week turned in a different but equally difficult direction. By the week’s end I was exhausted, mentally and physically. But I made it. It was a testimony to my strength and will and my faith in God. Ultimately, dealing with any kind of issue, whether it is anxiety, stress, addiction, forgiveness, sickness, anger, jealousy, etc., simply can’t be done without the grace of God. Of course, that is my opinion. Others may disagree but I have seen it at work and I can testify to it.
After a rough week, I spent most of my Saturday near or on the lake. I can’t think of a better way to unwind. For me, there has always been a draw toward the water. I live near the river and I love being on the lake. Of course, I love the ocean as well, but I don’t get to spend as much time there as I would like. A few years ago, I spent a lot of alone time at the lake. I was going through a difficult time. Relationships just weren’t turning out as I had hoped. Most likely because I wasn’t living my life as God intended. I would go sit by the water and just try to relax, watching the boats go by. I had no way of knowing that my time at the lake, mending more than one broken heart, would lead me to the amazing person I am with now. I think that was God’s plan all along. Despite my disobedience to Him, He took me there to heal and those trips eventually led me to the person he meant for me to be with. Someone who enjoys the lake as much as I do and so much more. I can spend my time now on the water, not just sitting on the “sidelines” and enjoy the breeze and the sunshine. Thinking calmly or just not thinking at all.
Never doubt where God is taking you. I would have never imagined a couple of years ago that a body of water would be God’s way of showing me hope and a new direction. After the rough months I suffered through during the winter, those days on the lake continue to heal me. Just in a different way now. It’s an opportunity to put stress and worry aside and just be a part of something beautiful, to “think as a lake”. To “be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7)