Sunday, July 24, 2011

Water... and Life.

Water. I thought a lot about it on our recent holiday. And God. Him too.

You see, He was there at the start.

"Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters." (Genesis 1:2).

He's everywhere. Are you seeing Him?

The light mist that only hinted at the waterfall you couldn't see. But you could not ignore the roaring in the distance. It reminded me of God's power, whether we 'feel' it, or acknowledge it. He's still there. He cannot be contained. Nor ignored.

The torrential wall of water you were unable to escape as you ascended towards an awesome waterfall. The stunning rainbows you could glimpse through the wall of water surrounding you. Maybe two if you really look. The times I have been 'drowning'... I knew the beauty of God was there regardless of circumstances. His love available if only I would recognise it.

The way we stood at the top. After a long, long climb. Exhausted. Freezing cold. Watching the water plummet with such might below us. Some of our six invigorated. In awe. Thankful for the experience. Others crying. Saying they didn't want to go back down. Asking why we had to go through this at all.

Just like us. Which one are you?

The vibrancy of the wild flowers beside the rushing rapids. The dichotomy. Beauty there. Danger beside. What do you focus on?

The river which looked peaceful in parts, but surely would have the most incredible current based on the rapids all around. Deceptively still. Like life sometimes. Keeping the calm fa├žade in place, whilst a torrent is raging beneath. Me sometimes.

The lake. Still. Serene. Majestic rock cliffs perfectly reflected. Looking at everything upside down. Is this the perspective we can gain? Looking back at challenging times and seeing some beauty in it? Even glad because of what we learnt? How we've changed? Or is frustration and anger left in the wake?

The waterfall we stood under. Laughing. In awe of the moment. Knowing God was there too. Filled with great joy. Then being reminded He is always there. We just forget to acknowledge it.

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
Psalm 42:1-2

He's everywhere.

Look for him today.

Giving thanks:

- That He's always been there. 
- That He's here now.
- Power that cannot be contained.
- Rainbows in the mist.
- An unforgettable walk. 
- Astounding beauty.
- The fact that I will never look at a waterfall without those memories.
- That I shared those moments with my boys.
- The stillness of the lake. 
- Desire to know the same peace when chaos abounds.
- Wildflowers. Just because God put them there.


  1. Stunning images and reflections. I was thinking about water (lack of it) on my site today, too. It's SO refreshing to see your photos; I feel cooler just looking at them.

    God bless you and yours. I'm glad I stopped by from Ann's list today.

  2. Clicking over from Ann's. What a great tag line you have. "Them plus us..." and beautiful pics. The ones of the boys in the water is my favorite.

  3. Joining you in PRAISE to GOD for his many blessings on us