Not long into our marriage, Chuck realized that I love water. It’s true, when I sit by the ocean I know what David meant when he said “He leads me by still waters, He restores my soul (Psalm 23:2-3).” I get it. There is something about water that soothes me. We’ve visited the Caribbean or Hawaii 5 times in our 3 years together. (And Australia 3 times!)
The ocean pushes my reset button like nothing else.
When I can’t have the ocean, lake, or pool, I’ll happily settle into a nice hot bath. I may have been accused by a roommate at one point of being religious about my baths. Guilty if you consider a bath a day religion.
I was reading this verse this week, and it occurred to me why the water affects me the way that it does.
His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. -Revelation 1:15
His voice is compared to the sound of rushing waters. His voice is the very foundation of me. His voice spoke and everything begun! He spoke me into existence. How ironic that my body is approximately 2/3 water, and when we are babies, it’s more like 3/4! This is interesting-
“The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age.”*
Listen it’s not that I am about to worship water, it’s that water reminds me of the foundation of my being. It does reset me to my original design which is in complete union with my original Designer. His voice is what I need at any moment in any season. I need His voice to be louder than anything else. His voice can carry us through the most difficult of circumstances. When we float on water, we weigh less. Our physical bodies don’t hold us back the way they do on land. We were designed to live by His word, it’s the bread that Satan knew not of when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” -Matthew 4:4
When we live by His word, things can’t weigh us down in the way the enemy intends. We are living in an awareness of a higher reality. Jesus never left connection with the Father. He never left the voice that sounds like mighty waters.
Praying that today you are restored as He leads you beside the quiet waters. May your soul be at rest and your spirit be at full attention. May His voice be louder than all the rest.