In John 4:10 Jesus tells the Samaritan woman whom he met at the well, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” On my travels throughout the West I would often see small streams with rapids in them and think, “Lord, so this is what you meant by living water?” When I observed the power behind this little stream of water, it made me wonder about the extent of the power coursing through us when we have the true Living Water abiding in us. Is it even possible for our minds to wrap around such a concept? A stream this size with the same amount of power behind it can carve out a canyon the size of the Grand Canyon. If we allowed His Living Water to power through us, what could we carve out for His kingdom?
Archive for February, 2008
How mighty!! Does not the great hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” just automatically start playing in your head as you look at this picture? I was at Zion National Park for one week and it was like being in God’s presence for seven whole days. No matter which direction your eyes turned you saw His fortresses. Similar to the ones David sings about throughout the Psalms.
The day after I wrote my last post I started having a great deal of pain in my right knee. Right away, I asked people to pray for me but it seemed to get worse instead of better. Then this morning I awoke and watched the Hour of Power with the Schullers. They were talking about faith. For the last five weeks I have been doing a Beth Moore study called Believing God. Then God reminded me of my last posting. I hate it when He does that!! Faith is believing in what you cannot see. So, immediately, I told God I can’t feel your healing but I know You are healing my knee because of all the people who have been praying for my knee. Know what? My knee hasn’t been nearly as painful today.
Then I came upon this picture as I was preparing to do this post. Every time I look at it, I catch just a glimpse, a droplet of God’s strength and know it’s enough to know this to shall pass. Do you have something to remind you of God’s strength? Isn’t it wonderful we can think of ourselves as victors rather than victims when we have God caring and loving us?
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is being sure of the things we hope for and believing in what we cannot see. The word HOPE in this verse in Hebrew means the people do this with an air of expectation, it will happen. Isn’t it funny we can believe these boulders can remain standing yet it’s hard for ones to believe there is a God who loves and cares for us. Even for ones who know there is a God, how often do we question if He heard our prayer and is He going to answer it?
When I saw this rock formation in southeastern Arizona it absolutely amazed me to see how they were carefully balancing against each other. The knowledge they’ve been this way for centuries gave me assurance only God could do something so intricate as this. Whenever I start wondering if He heard my prayer, I wallpaper this picture on my computer to remind me if God can do this He is alive and well. And, being alive and well, I know He is listening and answering my prayer.
What do you do when you feel this way?
When I look at this picture everything seems so peaceful. A beautiful day, the Canadian geese are gliding serenely over the water and all is well. However, when I look a little closer I see the geese paddling with all their strength while foraging for their day’s food. To them it is all business. I often wonder how many times I am like the geese. I get so busy foraging for my daily needs I miss seeing the peace Jesus has surrounded me with.
The other day while helping a friend with a new task on the computer, it occurred to me our prayer life is similar to working on the computer. While we are waiting for the computer to complete the task we are anxious whether it will work or not. How many times do we question, “Did it do it?” We question whether the task was completed or not. How often does this happen when we pray? We pray for a need, we don’t see evidence of an answer as fast as we think it should happen, and the questions start. “Did He hear me?” “Is He going to answer?”
The truth is, every time we give the computer a task, it performs the task. The frustration occurs when the computer doesn’t react the way we expected. In the same manner, many times we feel our prayers have either gone unanswered, He hasn’t heard our prayer, or the prayer wasn’t answered the way we expected. The truth is, every time we pray He answers. In Scripture, we are told to ask for our Father knows our needs even before we ask and whoever asks with confidence and trust will receive. There is always an answer. It just may not be the one we were desiring or expecting.
This is where God and the computer differ. God always answers our prayers as a father does his child, with the child’s best interest first. The computer only does what it is told to do.