Run Off


Our tiny house sits at the bottom of a small mountain. People out west would call it more of a hill, but nonetheless, it’s called Winn Mountain. I love this mountain. God’s majesty is often displayed here through the colors of fall, sunsets, and full moon spectacles.

Last night it rained…down poured. The kind of storm that wakes you up with the intense beating of the roof. All that rain, coupled with the recently melted snow has made our backyard a soggy mess.

The run off created a high level of water that our saturated ground couldn’t absorb. Hmmm…I think there is a spiritual lesson here.

I was pondering this today. Just as the rains come and satiate, nourish and cleanse, so does the living water of Jesus Christ and his word. But…I need to be careful of what I let roll downhill as God is doing a work in me.

Sometimes that work is welcomed. Other times, not so much. So, during those difficult pruning and growing stages, I need to be aware of what is running off of me and soaking in those around me.

Of course, I’m thinking of my husband and children. Am I frustrated with the Lord? Then I must not take it out on my children. Am I disobeying the Lord? Then I must not overreact to something my husband said because it has reminded me of my disobedience.

For you it may be other people in your life, but we must allow the Lord to work without damaging those around us. In fact, if we are gentle and obedient while the Lord works, we can do much good for others.

 Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Philippians 2: 14-15

Allowing others into our growing process brings them closer to us, and also closer to God. What a great gift to share with others. As Lysa Terkeurst states in What Happens When Women Walk in Faith, “Faith is learned through life.”

So the next time you are pushed to overflowing, remember to pull others close and shine bright! Let the living water bring abundant life to you and those around you!

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10: 10

How have others in your life allowed you into their growing process? What did you learn from that experience?  I would love to hear from you.

If you would like to learn more about walking in faith, please join us at Proverbs 31 for our online Bible study where we are reading What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerkeurstClick this link to find out more.


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