Finding His Float

by Amber Weigand-Buckley @BareFacedGirl

You know what the hardest thing about floating in the healing peace, joy, and rest is? The challenge to get to the water even though it might be but a few steps away. 

My head likes to tease me with the hope of REST. I tell myself: As soon as you do this, you can step away from your desk and take a 15-minute snooze… And sometimes, even crazier: As soon you get this call made, you can eat and go to the bathroom. 

Are you killing yourself trying to earn a restful float in the healing pond, away from the stressful monotony of your day? We get so comfortable believing if we can get one more thing accomplished, we will find our healing peace. 

This mindset reminds me of the lame man in the Bible, who was sitting by healing water. He knew if he could “get there,” he would find the relief he’d been talking about. Why then was he stuck in making excuses?  “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me” (John 5:7 NIV).

 It took Jesus to shake him out of his mindset. It took Jesus to break into the reality that peace and healing were mere inches away from his hopeless place. 

Jesus said simply. “Get up, pick up your mat, and walk.” He was healed instantly. 

You might be thinking, “Can’t the people around me see my need for healing space and rest and time in the water simply to float?”

The answer… yes, they can see your condition. Yes, your friends know which way you should go. But that guidance can only do so much to carry you. It’s only in a willingness to get out of our mindset of carrying the load and into the healing power of the water that we can find His healing. 

The truth is, we can break away from the sickness of the stuck in doing: thinking this is the lot I’ve been given… just suck it up girlie. 

I remember what it was like to take a skydive. The most fearful part was when my foot was stuck on the edge of the plane. In fact, from 10,000 feet up, the heights didn’t scare me, because I was so far from the ground, I couldn’t perceive hitting it. But when my foot got stuck on the edge of the plane as I walked out on the strut, it scared me for a second … it was so close… things weren’t working right. 

It only took my jump guide to lift my foot up a tiny bit… and oh my, it was the best float of my life. 

Are you listening to God’s call today to lead you into His floating space? Are you thirsty for the water, but are thinking I need to do that one more thing, and I will get there? Do you need his hand to pull you out of stuck and into your much-needed healing place?

All the one more things of our day add so much to our weighty burden, piling even more up on our frail human frame. 

But today Father, I’m giving every one more thing of this day to you, because you’re calling me to rest. I’m willing to let go of this mountain of to-dos to fall into the float of abiding in You. You are where my healing comes from, and I will take the few steps I need to get to the water. 

No matter how busy you are, you NEED to feel Him, but no one is going to bring the pond to you. But it’s there. Come to the water. Find your rest in His Float. Abide. 

TWEETABLE
Finding His Float – encouragement from Amber Weigand-Buckley, @BareFacedGirl on @AriseDailyDevo (Click to Tweet)

About the author: Amber Weigand-Buckley is the editor and art director of Leading Hearts Magazine. Text LEADINGHEARTS to 64600 to get the latest issue free and check out leadinghearts.com.

Join the conversation: When is the last time you found your rest in the Lord?

 

Advertisement

Lasting Fruit

by Pam Farrel

I had two new books published over the past year. When you release a new book, your publisher wants you to send a complimentary copies of the book to the women of influence who believe in you and in the ministry God has given to you.

Doing these mailings always takes me down memory lane, remembering the many amazing mentors God has given me. So many have poured wisdom, truth, strength, and common sense into me, and built up and blessed me. I would not be who I am had God not brought each of them across my path at just the right moment.

All I had to do was keep my heart hungry receptive to all He meant for me to learn.  A few of the Psalms in my new Bible study further define the kind of heart God values.

God is looking for thirsty hearts.

As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God.  Psalm 42:1-2 ESV

This word picture is of a deer searching, longing, desperate for living water to quench her driving thirst. Jesus spoke of this quality in His Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matt. 5:6 ESV). Being mentored necessitates cultivating a receptiveness to the wisdom of others.

God is looking for contrite hearts.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17 ESV

Broken in this verse means to “be shattered into tiny pieces”; contrite is “to be crushed.” Tiny pieces of stained glass in the hands of an artist can become a magnificent work of art, more beautiful and even more valuable after being broken. In the same way, many of my mentors have been used by God as artisans, helping me put my broken life back together.

God is looking for grateful hearts

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.  Psalm 100:4- 5 NIV

People with grateful hearts seek out others who want to thank and praise God for His goodness.  I have learned how important it is to appreciate every moment of time someone has spent on me in helping me to know God better.

So, this fall, I looked for opportunities to go in person to thank many of my mentors:

  • Tina, the Campus Crusade staffer, who mentored me in the basics of the Christian walk
  • Nora, who mentored me in my role as a mother
  • Bev, who mentored me in my role as a Pastor’s wife
  • Pat, my mentor in my role as a Women’s Director
  • Jill, my mentor in my speaking ministry.

There are many more, and in the coming months, I plan to go and give each a copy of my book to express my gratitude for each minute they spent pouring wisdom into me. The seeds these faithful women planted over the years have produced lasting fruit around the world. I’m confident that one day in eternity, they will all meet women who began a relationship with God and grew into reproducing leaders as well—all because they once cared and shared as mentors.

When we are open to serving God in that way, desiring a chance to pour into the lives of others, God will be faithful to reveal those who are thirsty, contrite, and grateful, waiting with ready hearts to hear what He has to say though His obedient servants.

pam ferrelAbout the author: Pam Farrel is an international speaker,  Co-Director (with her husband, Bill Farrel) of  Love-Wise, and the author of  45 books including bestselling Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti . Her newest release, co-authored with Jean E Jones and Karla Dornacher, is Discovering Hope in the Psalms.

Join the conversation: Have you been on the receiving end of mentoring? Or have you mentored others? Please share something you gained from that relationship.

Photo by Neven Krcmarek on Unsplash