She stands in the ocean waiting for the waves to come. She sees them coming toward her, flipping over as they make their way to the beach. Almost human how much life they have. She waits. Watches. White caps coming. No matter how long she waits for waves and how many times she keeps her head above them, one comes that covers her. Engulfs. Scares. It is stronger than her and deeper than her and its presence is overwhelming. Then her feet begin to find sand and her head feels air above waves, and she knows that this thing that overwhelms is the most magnificent, beautiful, satisfying thing she’s encountered.
That is what it was like when she first leaned into Truth. When she first found her Name-Giver. When she first began to believe. And change came. Because that’s what Water does. Waves change everything they touch. Sand castles topple. Seashells are found then stolen again as the tide rolls. And not just waves. All water. Rain drops move mounds of dirt, scatter pebbles, shake leaves. These waves and these rain drops remind the woman of how small she really is and keeps her amateur ideas of control in check.
But the waves don’t just overwhelm and topple. They set the shore, give life to sea creatures, bring boats home. And the raindrops don’t just scatter and shake. They help lilies bloom, create puddles for jumpers, give life to crops.
The Water-Giver does no less. To believe in Christ is to change. To truly commune with Him is to know that we cannot hold onto selfish pride because it will be toppled when we let Him cover us. We must relinquish control, judgments, pain, life.
All must be, in some way, let go. This is the way of the Water. He moves, scatters, shakes. We will stand and be engulfed by Glory. We will feel the breaking apart of everything that is us. Hearts will tremble in awe of I AM. And every day the Water will overwhelm. And every day, the tide will roll out and our eyes will see the life He has given, the life that comes after the Covering. We will see gratitude where selfishness was chipped away. We will see beauty where sin was washed over. We will see courage in the corners where we wanted to hide. Our deep inner thirst will be quenched.
I know this because I was, and still am, the woman standing on the shore, waiting for the one wave that would actually prove itself worthy of my fear, my awe. Worthy of letting it take over in the best way possible. I was the woman twirling in the rain asking to be washed, asking to feel alive. I was the woman at the well asking for life-giving water. And Christ did not only promise to take over, wash, and give life. He promised to give Himself to me. He tells me, lest I forget,
“…the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).
The waves and the rain did not only cover, they came in. I opened and the water entered. It soaked the heart that needed it. When I began to believe, He came to dwell in me and the Truth welled up within me to give life and to tell me my name. That’s what it was like when I first began to believe. That’s what it is every day when I let Him have His way. That is the Way of the Water.
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By Adrienne, who knows Grace Has A Way
Jill B says
I love this so much. I love the ocean, the great lake that I’m only a mile away from; any body of water. Your post created such a beautiful word picture. Thanks for sharing.
carol l says
Love the symbolism – and, the many hymns that came to mind as I read your wonderful devotional this morning. Awesome way to start my day! Thank you, and, ‘continue the good work He has begun in you’ 😀
thank you for sharing this beautiful, beautiful wave of God’s mercy!!!
This post absolutely reminds me of Needtobreathe’s song Washed by the Water. You have so accurately described how my walk with Jesus often feels. I like the rain, its comforting and shows His presence, but it doesn’t require too much effort. Yet to be plunged completely into the water is to experience Him in ways and places I would have never imagined by myself.
Sarah Bee says
Way out here in far West Texas, where there is NO WATER, I absolutely loved the beautiful picture your article painted for me. I was absolutely immersed in the visual you gave to my heart about the life giving water that is found only in Christ. Thanks for making my day. Blessings in Him, Sarah Bee
I love the imagery this created…strangely I feel the need to go to the beach.
Valerie Hohenberger says
What a soothing, cooling word picture for this feverish morning! I am getting a cold and just needed something comforting this morning! I am glad that your devotional came in this morning, but as always, He knew I would need it!
This is a beautiful post. Thank you.
Beth Williams says
Wonderful word pictures painted for us! Needed to hear this today to comfort me and realize that the Great I AM is here in the midst of all the muck and mire of daily living~
Such a beautiful post.
Please may we have permission to read it out in our church service on Sunday morning?
It would be an honor for you to pass it along. Thanks for that.
That. Was. Beautiful. One of my favorite places to spend with God is on the seashore. I have a whole new perspective on this experience now. Thank you!
Amy Grace says
These words are exactly what I need to have surrounding me. Thank-you