Ice. Molecules sticking together when water temperature reach around 0 Celcius. Generally, it takes about four days of below freezing temperatures to form at least four inches of ice thick and safe enough to walk on. Or go ice-fishing. Although, it isn’t recommended to drive your vehicle on the ice until it is at least 8 to 12 inches thick. So, when we stepped on the ice after a week of temperature below -20C, I knew the ice was thick of enough to hold us. And I trusted my experienced companion.
My companion drilled several holes, the lake water gushing up quickly when his ice-fishing auger had penetrated the ice deep enough to reach the water’s surface. The fishing rods with bells were anchored at each hole as we settled ourselves by the fire and waited. Like all types of fishing, ice-fishing, too, is a quiet activity of stillness and waiting until a tug of line is seen; then without hesitation, strategic action must kick in to hook the fish out of the water.
As I sat by the fire on the ice, I thought of how God can heat our hearts to a melting point. There isn’t any ice that He can’t break through; any pain that has hardened our emotions, any doubts that have frozen our dreams, or any loss that has kept us stuck in the past. He heals. He warms us like a chinook wind melts ice letting frozen water molecules flow free again.
There’s a saying I am sure you know; “like a fish out of water.” It means to be in an unfamiliar situation where you feel awkward, out of place, and maybe unhappy. I stood over one of our fishing holes as my companion pulled up the line with a Jack fish hooked. Seeming unhappy and awkward out of the water, its silver scaled body lay limp in his hands. Once dropped back into the water, though, its body quickly came alive as it swam away.
Sometimes I find myself “like a fish out of water” in my new job situation. As I familiarize myself with the everyday workings of my other team members, I awkwardly misplace items and find myself occupying a space where someone else is to be. I make mistakes. Unhappily I can be hard on myself as I want all to go as smooth as ice during the transition. Internally, there can be doubts, but I do feel God directed me from a position that was challenging my integrity, to a position where I need to let go of my own understanding and trust Him deeply. My vulnerabilities bring opportunities of humbleness and grace – attributes that bring teams closer than perfection ever could.
No matter how deep our ice from hurts, disappointments or loss; or how awkward our situation, God is our auger, willing to dig deep to bring us to His living water that heals, comforts, and sustains us wherever we are.
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ John 7:3
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16
Are there places in your life where God is working to bring you His living waters?
Do you have any hurts, disappointments, loss that you can bring God into?