Ripples in a Pond - A Devotional
Watching the concentric circlular pattern of lake water as it ripples from a fountain is a mesmerizing event.
I find myself calmed as my thoughts drift away to lighter places. Higher places.
When I'm stressed or had a bad day, I sit outside and allow the water to wash my thoughts, ease my burdens and carry me away, metaphorically.
"Even if you see yourself as a small pebble, you can still make ripples when dropped into the lives of the hurting."— John Paul Jackson
Newtons Cradle Effect
I ponder John Paul's words and the ripple effect we have on the lives of others as I survey this lovely, natural scene.
The pond water moves because the molecules collide with each other like the kinetic ball desk toy, Newtons Cradle. They continue colliding with each other until all that movement is dampened by transference of energy to other things.
We are Fountains
God's Word tells us that the fear of the Lord is a fountain of life (Proverbs 14:27) and the Lord Himself is "the fountain of living waters" (Jeremiah 17:13).
Therefore, as His offspring, we too, are fountains.
"But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:14 NKJV)
Is Your Water Clogged?
Knowing that we are God's fountains on earth, vessels from which His love, mercy, kindness, light and goodness flow - my question today is: what is the state of your machinery?
Is your vessel clogged by the weight of worry, anxiety, stress or fear? Are you carrying things you need not, things you can release through prayer?
Release it now by telling God about it. You will feel so much lighter!
Is the Holy Spirit flowing through you unhindered? Never underestimate the power of Jesus's love as it flows through your personality today.
You can cause some positive ripples, so go for it, beloved. Release kindness and love today!
Nature has a way of easing our soul and refreshing us with its cool blue, forest green and crisp white color palette. Dab on some pink from a Roseate Spoonbill, the red of cardinal wings or bright hue of a flowering bush and the stage is set for mental serenity.
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. he restores my soul."
Your Word says that You are a fountain of living water. I need living water this day, so fill me with strength, empower me to fulfill the tasks before me. Strengthen me by Your Spirit, Lord. I lay down the things that concern me, entrusting them to Your care (tell Him what they are). Thank you for creating nature, God. You lead me beside still waters and restore my soul and I appreciate that. Amen!