Our family plays in creeks. Other families have leisure pastimes like biking or camping or playing softball. You may be thinking, “Oh, sure. We did that once.” Not like us. This isn’t a casual activity. This is serious. My kids have grown up playing in creeks, I played in creeks and even my dad played in creeks. We have a creek-playing season that begins on Mother’s Day and ends on that dreaded first day of school. We even have creek shoes. You can’t go out and buy creek shoes; they have to be the too small pair of tennis shoes from last summer with your toe poking out of the top to really qualify. We always know when we have a creek neophyte on our hands, because of their store-bought water shoes. We sympathize with their sheltered ways.
So what do you do exactly when you play in creeks? You can hike in creeks; skip rocks in creeks and even eat lunch on a log in the middle of the creek. But the real creek-playing enthusiast knows the goal is to build a dam, thus creating a small pool in the middle of the creek. After thorough investigation, you select a site with an adequate amount of large rocks in the vicinity. Then everybody takes the biggest rocks they can carry and dump them in a row across the water. The first rocks dump to the bottom of the creek and, for all apparent reasons, nothing happens. The water continues to rush by as if you’d done nothing. But you keep fetching rocks and piling them on top of each other until you start to see, in one small area, the water is beginning to slow down and create a pool. The excitement in the crew mounts, and more rocks find their way to their rightful place. Finally, the pool expands until the water can’t be stopped by the rocks anymore. The water pushes the rocks down, first in one spot and then another. That’s when I remember what my father taught me in a creek a long time ago: you can’t stop the water, you can only bend it. The water has to go down stream. It may go around the dam, or through the dam or even over the dam, but somehow it will get to where it’s going.
God’s will is like the water, and your prayers are like the rocks, asking the creek to bend one way and then another. When you pray for wisdom or peace or healing, you’re placing a rock in God’s will by asking for the desires of your heart. God hungers to fill our every desire as long as His will still flows towards His reconciliation with His children.
Putting God’s purpose above our desires takes our relationship with God to a place where trust, faith and submission are more than just words. Do we really believe that God knows what is best for us?
Sweet friend, believe these three things:
- God is more than able to heal your cancer.
- God is more than able to protect you through any treatment.
- God is more than able to carry you to your heavenly home in His omnipotent, loving arms.
Trust Him. He hears the prayers you speak, the prayers you think and especially the prayers you only feel. God will always take care of you, His beloved child.