Sunday, September 4, 2016

Still Waters Run Deep

I went to this little beach off the Nanticoke River tonight to just have some quiet time and watch the sun set.  It's not the ocean, but it's still so peaceful and always offers a gorgeous view.

Tonight was no different.

But I was surprised at how still and calm the water was.  
And it reminded me of that saying, "Still waters run deep..."

When I looked up what the saying actually means, this is what I find:

- a proverb of Latin origin now commonly taken to mean that a placid exterior hides a passionate or subtle nature
- quiet people are often very thoughtful
- a person's calm exterior often conceals great depths of character, just as the deepest streams can have the smoothest surfaces.

You know, I like that last one; a person's calm exterior often conceals great depths of character, just as the deepest streams can have the smoothest surfaces. 

Sometimes, the surface can look so calm...but there can be so much stuff still going on underneath that no one can see.  "Stuff" that is helping build character and probably take us to depths we never thought we could reach.   

Kind of like this river tonight.

Much different than the ocean - always in constant motion - continuing to hit the shores and letting it go before receding back out to bring the next wave in.

But whether it be still waters or the constant movement of the ocean - the water can be refreshing, cleansing, healing. 

Isaiah 43:2 reminds us, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you."

I needed that reminder tonight.  

In one of my devotions this week, I kept being brought to this - 

...when you depend on Me continually, your whole perspective see miracles happening all around, while others see only natural occurrences and "coincidences"...

You know, I've said it many times and even more so over the past few months...but I truly don't know where I'd be without Jesus in my life.
These "things" we go thru in life - they will pass.
God. Well, He remains present. At all times!

Whether we are in the midst of still waters or not, we have a God who is always with us.  And if you truly take the time to look around, He's placed others in your path who will pass through these waters with you.  

And He WILL place people in your life...friends, family, co-workers, sometimes even strangers...It's definitely not's God, reminding you He's got your back.

Because, my friends...we are better together!

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