But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.”
Thought for the Day: God leads us through the waters.
Spending time at my favorite place, Lake Junaluska, is refreshing and brings a feeling of joy. Each year I take my camera to the different gardens and take pictures of God’s beauty set before me. This year was no different except that the bridge over the dam was closed which made me take the County Road below the dam. I do not often stop below the dam to see the water flow and to see the water find its way to a beautiful stream. But this year, I spent some time there for just a few minutes. I took pictures of the dam which was flowing rapidly because of recent rains and then I walked over to the stream. As I took pictures, my eyes were directed toward a duck and her ducklings. I brought my camera to my eye and began watching them through the lens. This mama duck began leading the ducklings downstream. At first the ducklings were all in a straight line behind their mother with such cuteness that my heart melted. Then, the family came to a strong rapid. The mama scurried in the water to get out of the rapid and I saw something spectacular. The ducklings all became very active, swimming fast, to stay behind their mother until they were out of the rapid. They followed her until they found their place on the rocks beside the stream. I continued watching to see her work her family to the others side of the stream where they sunned and bathed for a few minutes.
I watched God in action that day in the stream below the dam. I watched Him, through the mama duck, show us that He is always with us to protect us. He is always with us to lead us through the treacherous waters of the sea. On that day, I saw the mama duck teaching her children to make their way out of a dangerous rapid. On that day, I heard God’s voice tell me that He is always with us to help us make our way through the wilderness of life. Those ducklings showed me through their obvious following of their mother how to follow Christ. The mother and ducklings all found the safety of the rocks, just as we find safety from turmoil when we follow God where he leads.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for the beauty you place around us. The magnificence of your creation seems to glow when we look for you. Thank you for placing your examples of how to follow you right in front of our eyes. Help us recognize you and help us to follow you as you lead us through the wilderness of life. You are awesome, God. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Following God