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Ripples in the Water

One of mine and Paul’s favorite things to do is take his little John Boat out on Talladega Creek and do a little peaceful fly fishing.  I had never even held a fly rod in my hand until I marriedPaul.  Some of my earliest memories as a child are of my mother taking me and my brothers and sister fishing.  But we had cane poles or rods and reels and we did cast fishing from the bank of whatever creek or river or lake we were on. Of course there was always some cute little worms or crickets or minnows for bait and we would always get up before dawn so that we could be ready to “feed the fish breakfast”.  Momma always brought some kind of sandwich and boiled eggs and jars of tea.  To this day I can’t see a boiled egg without thinking about fish. 

 Well, as I was saying –Paul and I love to go out on the Creek and fish.  The water is like glass and there is the slightest of breezes blowing when you are out in the water floating.  Every now and then in the distance our eye catches some little ripple in the water, some little disturbance and then it is gone.  It is usually when we are watching something else that we . . .  sense something and sure enough there are the ripples left by whatever moved there.  I imagine most folks just glance at it – watch for a moment and then never think about it again. But I must confess – that is the sort of thing that just sends my mind whirling. 

 I have always been a firm believer that nothing happens by accident – nothing is just a coincidence.  I know in the depths of my spirit that God has designed everything in such a way that every moment in time is part of Him and He knows it so completely that nothing is a surprise. So, what does that have to do with ripples on the surface of the water.  Glad you asked!! J

Why is it that people so often lack peace in their lives?  I am not talking about people who have not accepted the Lord Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour.  We all know why they lack peace.  I am talking about Christians.  I am talking about those who at some point in their life accepted Jesus Christ as theOne True Wayand then they began to walk a path pleasing to Him. Why do they/we so often lack complete peace?  Allow me to show you what the Lord showed me through those Ripples in the Water!

 When Paul  and I are out in that boat, it is calm, quiet and usually the only movement except for the breeze or the intermittent bug or skeeter that buzzes by, is the two of us casting that fly line back and forth.  If you have never cast a fly rod or at least watched someone casting one, there is a rhythm – it is almost like watching the sail of a sailboat billowing in and out in the breeze; steady, predictable movement with a calm and expected pause every couple of strokes.  As you fish with other fly fishermen you begin to feel their rhythm and you become connected with it.

 There is also a rhythm in serving God; a contentedness which comes from knowing Him and His Word. As a child of Almighty God we are given the assurance that as long as we walk with Him and do His Will we have the victory over the destructive power of Satan and we can be at peace at all times knowing that He is ever watching over us.  So why is it that so many Christians lack peace – I believe it is that attack of Satan in the form of fear and lack of trust that indeed Father God is watching over us.  It is the doubt that we have, underlying what we know from the scripture, that perhaps there is something that God actually doesn’t know or that maybe He isn’t able to keep track of everything that is happening in our lives. It is that unknown that is causing the ripples in the water.

 When I see those ripples I wonder what is under the surface that I cannot see.  Is it something that is going to swim over to where I am and hurt me?  Is it a snake that is even now slithering his way through the water heading toward my boat?!!! Is it some kind of unknown creature that is going to come out of that water and fly right toward us and scare us and cause us to overturn the boat which means we will land in the water at which time the snake will bite us and we will die and they will never find our bodies and our children will be at home without us and they will grow hungry and be alone and no one will be there to make sure the doors are locked when they go to bed or check to make sure there is milk for their cereal in the morning or remind them to feed the cat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Or is it a turtle that is going to eat my bait every time I cast in that direction. Or is it – the Loch Ness Monster and he is even now sliding under the boat …………………….. Glug!

I can hear the girls now – “Oh, mother! You have gone off the deep end again.”  But I think I have made my point.  The times in my life when I have allowed fear to overcome my peace or doubt shake my convictions are the result of my giving in to my thoughts of what might be – what could be. The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. Psalms 94:11 It is when I have ceased the flow of God, the gentle rhythm of being His child and taken my eyes off the course which He has set before me and begun to watch that ripple.  It is when I have changed my focus from Him to something else.

 Now to be sure there are times when there is a snake under that water.  There are deep struggles in life when the enemy does rise up to cause utter destruction but does that in any way, shape or form diminish who God is?  Is God surprised or shocked or sent reeling with the force of the attack?  Never, never, never.  He is that calm and peaceful rhythm – that flow that never breaks stride.  He is Jehovah – He is God!  We must wrap ourselves around that – we must make this so prevalent in our forethought that no ripple, no wave, no storm, no hurricane force can shake us from the boat.  PEACE BE STILL and know that it is!  

 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;    2 Corinthians 10:5

 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.   Proverbs 16:3

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.   Jeremiah 29:11


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"It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24

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