I recently traveled to the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee just to get a way – to get away from all the things that were keeping me down emotionally. (Believe me when I say the weight was getting a little heavy.) I suppose I thought that if I climbed higher to seek God, I would be better able to focus on Him than my problems. In fact, I was anticipating He would give me answers to all of my concerns.
At one point, I came across this beautiful scene and had to capture it. The sound of the moving water was so serene that I couldn’t help but to stand still and take it in. The people I hiked with were ready to continue walking, but I said, “Wait. Just a few more minutes.”
As I breathed in the fragrances of my surroundings and took in the sound of the stream, I realized that there was a reason why I was led to this place. It was to be reminded of God’s mercy and grace, even in my most troubling times. The way the water moved through the rocks encouraged me to move through my problems, not run from them nor seek His powerful hand to zap them away. Eventually, I will make it to the other side. That reminder – even in its simplest form – is what I needed to keeping going forward.
When we are consumed by our struggles, it can feel easier to pray for a quick fix. But, quick fixes don’t make us stronger. They actually hinder our growth. Rather than praying for a simple solution, let’s pray for more of his grace and mercy to help us get to the other side.