Deeper Day 128: Muddy Waters

Have you ever looked at a puddle on the ground or even a smaller pond while it is still? The water can look so clean and clear, but then when you disturb the water isn’t it crazy to watch a cloud of mud bubble up. This totally disrupts the beauty and clarity of the water and makes it hard to see through anymore.

This is how I feel about a lot of the “information” we are fed lately. Things start settling down and we all begin to see things more clearly and with reason, and suddenly the media returns to stir up panic, once again muddying the waters and creating a false fear.

This process brings new importance to the verse that says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10), doesn’t it?

I want to give you a moment to chew on what I’m trying to convey here…

During this crazy time, I have stepped back from all media presence. I have not listened to either side. I have done this intentionally. God told me to step back and guard myself and my children from the fear mongering, and as I’ve done so, I’ve noticed we have walked this out with far less fear than most. In fact, we’ve had a whole lot of joy through this season. We’ve reveled in our family time and used it to re-establish a healthy household rhythm. When I’ve felt anxiousness try to rise up, I have gone to the Word and also made sure I got some exercise, because in doing so my mind would always clear up and I would be ready to embrace the peace again.

I don’t need media to tell me anything. I need God.

Establishing this pattern in my life has made it much easier to discern the truth from the lies. I can feel when something comes in and tries to muddy the waters of my mind because I have experienced the clarity of peace. I have become so accustomed to peace that I immediately know when it gets disturbed, and I have trained myself to stop and reconnect when I feel that way.

Prayer Moment: Have the waters of your heart been muddied by all the fear? If so, it’s not too late to begin to establish a healthier rhythm. Maybe take a hiatus from the media and ask God to begin to tell you what you need to know. He always seems to find a way to inform me, I know He’ll do the same for you. Trust. This is what it’s all about. Do you trust God enough to turn away from the information of the world?

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heaven are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9