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Let the oceans roar

Watching a storm off the Oregon coast with Meg, I was mesmerized by the power of wind and waves. I could not comprehend the surging strength of this elemental nature.  I wanted to be moving, swimming, carried in it. To think, the God who created the sea and earth also created something as small and insignificant as I. And yet, despite our infinitesimal size and strength,  He carries each of us through storms that we cannot navigate or fathom alone.

Boiler Bay OR, near Salishan OR

Boiler Bay OR near Salishan, OR

Living waters or cracked cisterns?

In last week’s post, I thought about how hard it is for me to give up “control” and instead seek the stillness God provides me when I slow down.  Oswald Chambers, in his January 21 reading for “My Utmost for His Highest,” discusses how our enthusiasm for God ebbs and flows. He cites Jeremiah 2:2. As I read chapter two in its entirety, I was struck by verse 13: “My people have done two evil things: they have abandoned me–the fountain of living water.  And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!”

As I share these pictures today, I think of how we and the Psalmist praise God for His magnificent creation.  Yet, despite acknowledging our Creator, who out of His love placed us on this earth, we still follow our distracting, destructive idols that keep us from giving our entire selves to Him. We allow our selves to become “cracked cisterns that can hold no water.” I am grateful for his unfailing love and never ending forgiveness that allow us to return to His living waters.