God and Water

Posted: August 14, 2011 in Blog Series, Faith, Lutheran Grilled Cheese, Receptivity of God

‘“Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”

So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Him.’ – Luke 5:10-11

There are two areas, or situations, where I feel closer to God than normal. One is during thunder storms. The ferocity of the wind and the over powering sound of the thunder mixed with the pounding of the rain on my windows is better than any music I listen to. To me, God’s beauty, and His strength, is amplified during storms.

The second place I feel closer to God than usual is near the water. Rain, seas, streams, and lakes all hold an incredible sense of God’s majesty for me. In this picture, the waves rolling in, bringing the smoothly tumbled stones to the shoreline, remind me of God’s tender love for his people. He pulls us out into his ocean, or lake, of love and peace and washes away our sins until our souls are smooth. Then He deposits us back to our lives to help smooth the way to His love for others.

When I got home from the lake and started searching for a verse for this picture, Luke 5:10-11 seemed to fit perfectly with the thoughts I was having while taking the picture. Jesus’ disciples abandoned everything they had to follow Jesus, not knowing what was going to come of it and they put all their trust in Him and did not question it.

That is what God wants all of us to do now. He wants us to put all our trust in Him, without knowing what the future holds, and abandon our current lives for the smooth ones that He can create for us through the waters of His love. The Lord is our own personal body of water and we are the little stones along the shoreline. God wants us to come to be washed smooth and clean and then return to the shore. The stones on the shore are beautiful and make people look at them, wondering how they became so smooth. We need to live our lives in beautiful ways that make people stop and look, and wonder how we became so happy.

And what will we tell them? God. God made me this way.

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