Waterfalls From Where We Cry

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She sat on that rock for what felt like forever, pouting and kicking the dirt around as she cried.

Where are we going?!!? …What are we doing?!?  she screamed every time I reached for her hand.

We were supposed to go on an adventure. But she wasn’t having it. Overwhelmed with the unknown, she stayed petrified on that rock and wouldn’t budge.

I told her, it would be worth it. 

I promise.

Though it might be difficult,  I would be with her every step of the way.

There was so much I wanted to show her.

But her cries and questions continued.

I suppose that’s what happens when you take a three-year-old hiking. But as I watched her pouting on the rock that day, I thought of all the times I have done the exact same thing. How so often,

We don’t understand what God is doing.

We want to know where we are going and why, protesting and refusing to take one more step until God answers our every question.

….Where are you taking me?!? ….What are you doing?!? 

How God lovingly responds to those questions in much of the same way I did to my daughter,

 “…You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” (John 13:7)

But it will be worth it, I promise… 

Allowing us to sit on the rock until we catch our breath and are ready to continue the path with Him.

And when we are ready, God reaches for our hand and promises not to let us stumble.

In Psalm 121:3-8 it says,

[God] will not let you stumble;

The One who watches over you will not slumber.

The Lord himself watches over you!

The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.

The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life… now and forever.

What I longed for my daughter to see was that she wasn’t alone on the path –  I was standing beside her, holding out my hand and inviting her on an adventure where I promised to be with her every step of the way. There was so much I wanted to show her.

God promises the same for us. That if we choose to get off the rock and leave our unanswered questions behind, He will never let us stumble. And just like my daughter learned on the mountain that day, when the journey becomes too much to bear, our father will be right by our side like he promised, ready to swoop in and carry us the rest of the way.

And there is so much He wants to show us…

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You see,

We try to evade the beautiful adventure set before us, but God wants us to embrace it!

Because even with all of life’s uncertainty there is unadulterated beauty – in this very moment! Waterfalls to be seen from where we cry.

I think back to my daughter sobbing on the rock. Her uncertainties valid, but paralyzing. Her questions causing her to recoil from the unknown of the future, but with it, the beauty surrounding her in the present.

How because of her fear of the unknown, she was unaware of the waterfall directly beneath her as she cried.

It got me thinking about the gifts I may have missed because of the tantrums I have thrown. Wondering what beauty I never got to bask in because I was so caught up with my questions, my fears and all the expectations I had about the future. The opportunities I likely missed for God to carry me because I was too fearful to step out on a difficult path where I would ever need Him to.

But as I tucked my daughter into bed that night, she held me tight as we reflected on the day we shared,

“We went on an adventure – TOGETHER!” she squealed in delight.

And I considered for a moment the journey we embarked on, and how it was likely only a minuscule fraction of the adventure God wants to take His children on. How one day when we wrap ourselves up in the arms of our Creator, we could only be so lucky to hear those exact words as we reflect on the journey through this life we shared – together!

How that adventure is waiting –

One brimming with waterfalls to be seen from where we cry, today.

… If only I’d choose to get off the rock and quit pouting.

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3 thoughts on “Waterfalls From Where We Cry”

  1. All the beauty before us we can not see because of our own selfish behavior whether it is pouting because we are not getting our way, things are not as we expected, or we are fearful of the uncertainty. It’s not until we open our hearts, abandon our selfishness, and place our trust in the Him that we see the beauty. Though not always clear, it is always there. I love the line “waterfalls from where we cry.” Was it you who wrote about the circumstances we are up against are equally hopeless as the are potentially miraculous? I read that somewhere and have held onto it just like the waterfall is miraculous even though we may feel hopeless when crying. I try to look for the positive everywhere and trust in Him to not let me stumble. It’s the only way to keep going with a genuine smile on your face. Many blessings to you. I really love reading your words.

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    1. It’s funny, this morning I found the first time I ever wrote that statement about our hopelessness being potentially miraculous. It was scribbled on a crumpled up sheet of paper in my prayer journal, and I just stared at it. Shocked that I wrote that, and even more shocked that it happened! God truly has done a miracle in my life when all hope was lost.

      Praying that over you Katie! God has amazing things he wants to do in your life, and he promises to be with you every step of the way and to never let you stumble. I know that’s true because I wouldn’t be here if it wasnt! ❤

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      1. Thank you Krista for the prayers. Everyday I am thankful He never leaves my side and carries us through even though in the moment it is hard to hold on to that truth. I have found the only person I can work on and change is myself and support and encourage my daughter. With His grace, I am getting stronger each day. Reading through your experience is helpful and encouraging to me just because it shows me there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that my tunnel doesn’t have to be a dark one all the time. There is joy and beauty all around me.

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