Today our worship leader invited us to expose our needs before God. As worship was concluding, I saw myself taking rocks from other people and stacking them around me like a wall. I recalled the scripture referring to the Holy Spirit as a river of living water flowing from within me and understood as I took on these rocks I was building a dam.

John 7:38 AMP He who believes in Me who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow continuously springs and rivers of living water.

Then our pastor began teaching from 2 Timothy 3 and what I took away was the need to remember God is my ultimate source.

2 Timothy 3:5a NLT They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.

Then it all came into focus this evening as I was watching an interview and he talked about taking a contemplative walk. So out into the beautiful dusk I went. The vision of rocks being revealed as the rude customers, the apathetic coworkers, the ones who make hurtful decisions, the voluminous experts lending me dietary advice on the internet; every one I have accepted into my hand. Every rock has added stress because I have lost sight of my source.

This is what I learned – if the rocks are built into a dam then their strength holds back the flow of the water – 2 Timothy 3:5a. But if the power of the water overflows the strength of the rocks then instead of a dam you have a waterfall – John 7:38. I’m imagining the beauty and the calming sound of water flowing over rocks! We may not be able to live a life free of rocks but we have a source of living water, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit ready to make our life into something spectacular.

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