I hear God best when by the water, and last week, He had plenty of things to say. I could hardly take notes quickly enough.
Thursday morning was cold and windy, following a storm in the early hours. I had a bit of a cranky attitude, so while all my traveling buddies got ready, I sneaked down to the water for a time-out.
God was dealing with me on the issue of perseverance, and I was a poor student. My memory verse for that portion of the month was James 5:11 - As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
The verse ran over and over and over in my mind....and God urged me to keep going. To keep going even when Satan pummeled me (which he was doing with alarming frequency that week).
As I stood by the water, pondering the verse, I glanced over to see this duck in the water:
He rode along, surfing the rough waters...up and down. Up and down.
Every few seconds a wave rolled in and buried the duck.
When the wave relaxed into the sand, that duck would shake his head and keep riding. Another wave would roll in, bury him, and he'd shake it off and keep going.
Be like the duck, God urged me. You're pummeled, but don't let it drown you. Shake it off and keep going, even when the waves come faster than you can handle. You really can do this.
He's right. The waves aren't fun. They hurt when they crash over my head. But the Lord is full of compassion and mercy and He'll carry me right through that storm!