I can hear it before I see it. Some days it’s louder and faster and more powerful. Other days it’s slower and more quiet and peaceful. But I can always hear it before I see it.
I know plants can’t hear. But I’m sure there’s some sense of the water raging by.
And spiders hanging by threads inches from the waters edge….I’m sure that they are aware of the powerful force of the waves beneath them.
And rocks,…more like boulders, that have been there in the midst of the water’s flow…they stand still as the river rages on. I’m sure there’s erosion, but it’s a little by little wearing down. It’s a standing in the midst of the raging waters…they’re still standing steady, well-grounded, as the waters rage on.
The rock stands the test of time, but the flower…not so much. But then again perennials come back year after year, and if not perennial, well seeds reproduce and the flower lives on through its seed. But in its short life time as this flower? The delicate presence remains delicate and beautiful and present no matter the flow of the river a few feet from the ground where it has grown.
As my camera lens was zooming in on the plant, the spider, the rock and the flower, these objects came into focus, into clear view. But the more I focused in on the objects, the more the fast-moving waters became blurred. I loved looking through the lens and seeing the objects standing still in the midst of a world of water rushing by. And I loved it for a few reasons.
Sometimes life can feel like the world around us is in fast forward overdrive motion. And we can be tempted to focus on those waters. And it might cause us to lose focus…to lose a sense of a clear view of who we are and what our purpose might be. Yeah, raging waters, spinning worlds,…they move fast. But that doesn’t mean the rock does. Or the flower. Or the plant, or even the tiny spider hanging on its web. Yes, I loved seeing the steady standing still of the objects as the water rushed by.
And I love seeing people stand strong and steady in the midst of the storms in their lives. I’ve witnessed it quite a few times just this week in ordinary souls who choose to stand strong when their worlds come crashing down with difficult news or circumstances. Steady hearts stay focused. But not on rushing winds or raging waves. Steady hearts stay grounded in truth. In love. In hope beyond themselves. Staying steady and faithful in a world that encourages people to bail on beliefs and get caught up in the waves of the next momentary trip,…staying steady in this world encourages people to have hope and maybe stay steady themselves. Yeah, it all seems to depend on where the focus lies… on lies or truth…on hope or defeat…on integrity or momentary choices that can get us caught up in a current we had never intended to ride. A wavering heart can lead to wind-and-wave-driven feet. Steady heart….steady feet.
Well, these feet were so thankful for the walk and exercise, and the FitBit was congratulatory when I hit my steps goal. But am most thankful for the encouragement that comes when there’s a little time to reflect, to think, to see, to wonder. Am thankful that God’s Creation speaks (LOUDLY) of His Presence, and that His steadfast love can keep the most wavering of hearts steady when they are stayed upon, focused upon Him.
P.S. I can hear the river before I see it. And the cool thing is, I can hear the Word of God and ‘see’ with eyes of faith things come to life before I see them. I can trust, believe, stay steady and hold on tight to the Truth…and I believe….that then it’s just a short walk or a long walk until I see it fleshed out in my life or the lives of those around me. Sometimes hearing comes before seeing, and believing comes before the answer is seen. But much in the same way that i can hear the waters rushing and then know the river is there, I can read the Truths of scripture and trust God with each prayer…because it’s only a matter of time before I catch glimpses of the answer…or better yet, catch glimpses of Him in the midst of it all.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for he who promised is faithful.”
“The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the Word of Lord endures forever.”
“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.”
1 Corinthians 16:13
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