TLC wasn’t exactly on my “fave groups” list back in high school. They were an all-female trio who hit it big, then went bankrupt in the 90’s. Some of their songs were a bit crass and definitely unladylike, but they did have a couple of tunes that I really liked. Imagine my surprise when God actually spoke to me through one of their songs.
A I prepared to graduate from college and start my career as a teacher, I was totally adamant about moving out of my parent's home. I was completely head strong about and unreasonable about it. I wanted to be totally on my own from the day I returned from college until either the day I married or the day I died – whichever came first.
I had a conversation with my mother about my strong desire to get my own place, and she expressed her opinion on the matter. She said that I was taking everything too fast, and she couldn’t understand why I was in such a hurry.
I wasn’t trying to hear anything she said. I knew what I wanted andfelt she was just trying to throw a little doubt and uncertainty my way.
A day or so later, I carefully scrutinized my financial state for the upcoming year and made a rather disappointing discovery. Based on what the numbers told me, I couldn’t afford to live on my own…not just yet.
At that moment, God brought to my attention the fact that I had completely exalted my will above His will in that area of my life. I took my new discovery with a great deal of tears and humiliation.
In the midst of my prayers and my tears, I heard the words of TLC: “I know that you’re gonna have it your way or nothing at all, but I think you’re moving too fast.”
I was silenced as I realized those words reflected precisely what my mother had said.
Then I thought about the entire chorus: “Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to. I know that you’re gonna have it your way or nothing at all, but I think you’re moving too fast.”
I realized that I was chasing a waterfall of living alone and that my rivers and lakes were my parents and their home. God’s revelation and that song were the source of incredible peace. Though I really wanted to live on my own, I understood that God knew what was best for me, and it wasn’t a good idea to get ahead of his timing.
What’s your waterfall? Is pursuing that waterfall worth jeopardizing the loss of the rivers and the lakes that you have right now? Just a little something to think about.
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