Yesterday my husband and I watched an episode of “I Shoudn’t Be Alive.” I missed the first ten minutes, so I’m not exactly sure how a woman got lost in the Grand Canyon, but she had apparently wandered from the rest of her party and ended up lost in the canyon for almost three weeks. You can probably imagine how terrified she must have been when she realized she and her dog were totally off the intended path.
Have you ever followed a trail away from your intended destination? Have you ever been distracted by a thought which became the center of your attention–one which took you away from the God you loved? I have, even today. If the thought is not immediately captured, it can carry you into a wilderness, just as the lady in the canyon. The more she tried to get out of the canyon, the further she went into the wilderness. At one point she heard and finally saw a helicopter. Her hopes built and she began waving frantically at the helicopter. Alas, to no avail! Her clothes, very neutral, caused her to blend in with her dry, dusty surroundings.
Then she saw four wild horses and decided to follow them, eventually coming to a small water hole, filled with an assortment of insects. She had nothing to lose, she thought. So she drank from the putrid hole. What do you do when you come to a dry place? Do you try to figure out how to get out of it? Do you spin your wheels drinking from the fountain of old water holes? If so, join me at the well of Living Water. It’s during those times when God beckons you and me to sit at His feet and open our mouths for a drink.
But first we must be still. We must turn our attention away from solving the problem to focusing on the God who supplies our every need. When we turn our hearts to Him, He embraces us and carries us to a place of true intimacy, a place of refreshing and transformation.
When the woman in the canyon finally lay down and decided she would no longer fight death, she was finally rescued by four Native Americans who were expert trackers. Did you hear that? She surrendered her will to live. She had tried all she knew to do.
God calls us daily to surrender to Him. Hear His say, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Mt. 11:28 – 30). There is room at the cross. Come, let’s sit together. There’s room for you and me.