I’ve held thousands of cups filled with tap water over my life without taking time to consider the hazy appearance, that cloud of minerals and whatever else doing who knows what to my body. And it’s been fine, I mean, I’m still here. I grew up on the stuff. Though in all fairness I didn’t grow up on Florida tap water. There’s something different about the tap water here. Something extra that doesn’t come in other water across the nation (the Flint Water Crisis notwithstanding).
I drank it anyway for years until one day, after brushing the grit out of my teeth, I’d had enough. I boldly announced to my wife that I was going to buy a water cooler. My perception of tap water had changed and I’d realized that I could get water that was actually clear for an affordable price.
The cooler was set up and I felt like a king as clear, cold water filled my glass. That’s right, I’d found the truth of water – that it’s possible to drink without cringing or twitching.
Your level of sadness for me right now is irrelevant as that was an important day. It changed my water life forever. There is, however, a deeper message here than my unsettling fascination with purified water from a cooler.
I’ve found that many of my issues are rooted in how I perceive things. Murky tap water was as good as it was gonna get for me until I discovered I could have something better. I find that principle playing out in my life. Sometimes daily.
In Luke 11 Jesus tells us that the eyes are the lamp to our bodies. When they are clear, our bodies are full of light but if they are dark, even the light in us will be dark. Jesus is talking about our perception, the way we see and interpret the world around us. He’s referring to our inner eye, the eye of our hearts. When we look and see the truth, our whole being is filled with light. But when we look and see the haze formed by lies our accuser has persuaded us to believe, even the light in us is dark.
God’s been speaking to me a lot lately about hopes, dreams, and the desires of my heart. My perception of these things ever coming to fruition has, at times, been very dark. The lies swarm whispering things like, it’ll never happen and you’re just wasting your time, and I’ll let them take root, springing up the rotten fruit of hopelessness and despair.
But one day God showed me a picture of a man decked out in traveling gear. His back was loaded with tents, cooking supplies, clothes, water, food…everything you might need for a long journey. And he looked haggard, worn out just by beholding the long, dusty road stretching away from him until it eventually kissed the horizon. The destination was his dreams and heart’s desires but they might as well have been on the other side of the world.
As as studied the image I noticed items disappearing from his back until everything that he brought for the long road was taken from his shoulders. I watched him stand up straight, a smile reaching across his face and weariness fleeing from his eyes. The road beneath his feet transformed into ornate stone lined on both sides by grass the rich color of emeralds. Flowers of all different colors broke through the ground and with a laugh he bent down and inhaled the sweet fragrance. In the blink of an eye he was refreshed and renewed.
The destination hadn’t changed. It was still out there and continued to hold the fulfillment of his dreams and heart’s desires. But the journey didn’t seem as long and he was even able to find incredible joy and contentment in the place he currently stood.
I had to chuckle as I sat in my chair, my perception moving from dirty tap water to the transparent and purified variety. It doesn’t matter how close I am to the fulfillment of my heart’s desires and dreams because I know I’m gonna get there. I don’t have to carry the weight and pressure of the lies telling me I’m a failure if I don’t arrive at the destination tomorrow and there are so many blessing all around me already.
I wrote this last week in my blog, I Know You Feel Like Giving Up, but it’s worth repeating. Paul tells us in Galatians 6 not to get tired or stop doing the good and noble things God has called us to do because in DUE time and in the PROPER season you shall reap if we continue to have courage and never give up.
The fulfillment of your dreams and heart’s desires are closer than you perceive them to be. But in the meantime, find the flowers and be content in the place you are now. Psalm 36 lets us know that God is the fountain of life and in his light we see light. That’s true no matter where we are or the circumstances we’re facing. We are the light of the world and it’s true no matter how dark or hopeless things appear. We are the light because we are one with the Light.
And let’s never forget that God cares about our dreams and desires even more than we do. That ornate stone underneath our feet, that’s his love. It’s a foundation that will never break down or wear away. When we find days harder than others and collapse, it will support us, let us rest, and encourage us to keep going.
Jesse and Kara Birkey
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