So this is my 90th post! It is hard to believe it has been almost 4 months. I continue to learn new things about myself and God. There are times when I feel like I am following a cloud by day and fire by night. Some days God pours down like a waterfall, others days He is like a gentle rain. On rare occasions His presence is like a bucket of ice water.
The other night I was having a hard time sleeping so I decided to pray for those God was leading to read the Walking on Water blog. All of a sudden like a bucket of ice God showered me with his love and presence. It took my breath away. I had been praying that if even one person discovered God’s love and forgiveness through reading a blog post it would be worth it…splash…God reminded me that he feels the same way about me. He would have come and died on the cross – even if it was just for me. Needless to say I found it difficult to sleep after this.
My family used to have an odd tradition when I was growing up. We called it the “Polar Bear Club”. On camping trips and outings we would don our swimsuits and jump into freezing cold alpine lakes…sort of a reverse ice bucket challenge. I was pretty young when we were doing this so my memories are pretty hazy, but I do remember the feeling of shock and panic when I hit the water and my body told me it was going to stop moving! I survived the Polar Bear Club and all of my siblings did too. The Polar Bear Club taught me how to leap. God is teaching me how to swim, and one day Jesus will help me walk on water.
So here is an ice bucket challenge for you…pray that God would surprise you with an “ice bucket” of his presence. It may not happen in the middle of the night, but no matter where and when God drenches you, I pray that it will be amazing and breathtaking!