What comes to mind when you look at this picture? My first response was “wilderness versus living water”. But the more I pondered this photo, I kept seeing so much more.

I thought – well what the enemy planned for evil, God will turn to good! That’s a worthy response. Then I thought – wow, sure glad I am not in the wilderness anymore, I like the water and the leaves on the tree. But look again. The water looks rough and the sky looks as if a storm is headed my way. Hmmmmm.

Now, when I scanned the wilderness, it did look kind of peaceful – a familiar place. But no, I want the adventure of the stormy seas I thought to myself. But do I?

Then I saw the bridge. Is it that I can walk between both scenarios throughout my whole life and that is just the way life is? Or could it be that it just might be my choices that would determine where I am in any certain moment?

Conclusion for me. I realized that both places would cause me to look to God for my strength, my help, my hope, my protection and my shelter. Whether it be on a stormy sea or in the wilderness, I can also count on God to be there for me! How about you?

Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” NIV

  • Lori Green
    Posted at 23:22h, 31 March Reply

    Marilyn, I really like this! Very thought provoking to be sure. I didn’t notice the stormy sea and sky until you pointed it out! Wow.

  • Robin Bailey
    Posted at 16:56h, 01 April Reply

    I like this post a lot. It gets me thinking and reflecting on my Jesus. One thought I had for myself was the living water side doesn’t mean smooth sails exactly. The water can still be choppy, and in the chops we are molded to draw closer to Him. I would choose the left. So much unexpected there as well as life. Thanks Marilyn for your insight today. Love it.

  • Marilyn Gray
    Posted at 18:03h, 01 April Reply

    Reflection on Jesus and the life He died for us to have is amazing.

    Lori, you not noticing the stormy sea and the sky is the way I think you choose to see your everyday life. I love that about you.

    Robin, life can be boring so living in the unexpected can bring adventure and intimacy. You totally are adventurous and I love that about you.

  • rena
    Posted at 22:37h, 04 April Reply

    Terrific post Marilyn. No matter where we are, there He is with us. Thank you for the reminder.

  • Eric Huang
    Posted at 09:56h, 12 April Reply

    I don’t know about tomorrow,
    I just live from day to day.
    I don’t borrow from it’s sunshine,
    For it’s skies may turn to gray.
    I don’t worry o’er the future,
    For I know what Jesus said,
    And today I’ll walk beside Him,
    For He knows what is ahead.

    Ev’ry step is getting brighter,
    As the golden stairs I climb;
    Ev’ry burden’s getting lighter;
    Ev’ry cloud is silver lined.
    There the sun is always shining,
    There no tear will dim the eyes,
    At the ending of the rainbow,
    Where the mountains touch the sky.

    I don’t know about tomorrow,
    It may bring me poverty;
    But the One Who feeds the sparrow,
    Is the One Who stands by me.
    And the path that be my portion,
    May be through the flame or flood,
    But His presence goes before me,
    And I’m covered with His blood.

    Many things about tomorrow,
    I don’t seem to understand;
    But I know Who holds tomorrow,
    And I know Who holds my hand.
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  • Marilyn Gray
    Posted at 17:42h, 12 April Reply

    That was beautiful Eric. I needed that today!

  • April
    Posted at 18:52h, 25 April Reply

    This is a great post Marilyn! After studying this picture for some time and then walking away and coming back to it, what I see is the bridge representing the narrow road we can choose to take with the Lord. The sea and desert are also choices. We can choose to jump over the railing of God’s protection and try to go it alone. We can walk through the wilderness, or brave the raging sea, or we can walk hand in hand with the Lord across the bridge, living in His peace, even when everything around us is tumultuous, or arid. I’ve been in all three places, and I would have to say, I prefer the bridge. 🙂

    • Marilyn Gray
      Posted at 05:40h, 26 April Reply

      I totally agree April, the bridge or peace would be my choice as well. It is His provision!

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