When I think back to my favorite vacations it always involves water….. From glassy lakes to crashing waves on a sandy shore….there I’ve found refuge and restoration. But water must be moving. If water sits still in one place too long it becomes stagnant. And stagnant water becomes an incubator for bacteria and parasites. It needs to be moving and stirred up a little. Do you ever feel like your life is being “stirred up” a little? Sometimes circumstances cause some stirring. Sometimes adversity causes some stirring. Sometimes wrestling spiritually causes some stirring. Sometimes He stirs us up to help us see we Are right where He wants us to be. Sometimes fear, grief or regret can cause stirring. Sometimes God is stirring to teach us something new…to take us to a new place spiritually…and sometimes you know you’re being moved….it’s just hard to know what direction He’s leading.
Isaiah 30:20-21 says, “he (God) will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, This is the way you should go, whether to the right or to the left.”
A few observations from this passage -He is present. He’s a teacher right in the room where you are right now. He is With you. -You can see and hear Him. As your teacher He’s going to teach you in first person…so don’t just read about other people’s encounters with God…look for Him in His word and keep your ears and eyes open to His speaking to you. He speaks through His word and sometimes other believers……open your eyes and your heart to see and hear His words just for you! -He Will tell you “This is the way……sometimes it seems to take a long time… But His timing can be trusted. -Trust that He Will be your teacher….he longs to see you in the contentment like that glassy lake, or moving in the wake of His glory. Either can be a stretch or scary….Trust that He is a Good Shepherd/teacher -Come to Him as an eager child ready to see, hear and know His direction! Pray that your New Life family will grow in His grace and the knowledge of Him…our great teacher….pray that He will help you trust in His moving you to higher, deeper places….He is living water!