Monday, July 5, 2010

Lake Lessons

I just got back from spending a few days at the lake with my family. I'm so thankful that God will reveal Himself when we look for Him! Here's a few things He reminded me of...

Live like fish, stay in groups.
There's safety in numbers and we strengthen each other. We're designed to live in relationship and life is so much better when we go through it together!

You can't judge the depth of something (or someone) just by looking at it. As we skimmed across the lake, sometimes our depth finder would read 135 feet and then other times it would read 6 feet but the top of the lake always looked the same. People are that way too, assuming someone is deep is just as bad as assuming someone it shallow.

Sometimes clouds are protecting you from getting burned!
Our first day on the lake was cloudy with a few rain showers. There was no lightening and we were planning to get wet anyway, so we went boating despite the ominous clouds. It was our best day of boating and no one was sunburned! The next day the sun came out and I got completely fried even w/ consistent sunscreen application. The point is, sometimes God chooses to give us what we need instead of what we want.

Are you choppy water or calm water?
I noticed that there were several areas of the lake that were calm and glassy while other areas were rough and choppy. The same breeze was blowing in both areas but the calm water seemed to have a peace about it that the rough water didn't have. Regardless of our situation, we can either be calm water or choppy water. We can reflect the turmoil and frustration going on all around us or we can reflect the peace that God provides through the Holy Spirit within us.

Enjoy the sunset. I've always been a fan of sunsets! Each one is unique and exquisite, a true blessing from God. He paints a masterpiece each day for us, we only need to take a minute to appreciate it.

Remember that God is ever present in your life. Ask Him to show you something in the 'every day' with new eyes...you'll be glad you did!

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, 'We have seen remarkable things today.'” Luke 5:26

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