Change & Stagnant Water

Think about a time you maybe came across a stagnant pond out in a field or walked by a ditch along the side of the road. Water that once flowed freely flows no more, with algae an dead leaves coating the top. It’s old water now- not new, and it’s full of dirt and bacteria. It’s unfit to drink and doesn’t benefit anyone. Gross!

On our drive home from Mexico (there’s a lot of time to think), God gave me this vision. As humans, the idea of change comes as a shock to our system. It doesn’t matter if it’s a minor disturbance, like someone sitting in our seat in class, or a larger transition, like having to move to another state. Change is initially met with icy stares and a cold shoulder.

Like a clique, Change is the one person we don’t want joining our group because deep down, we fear what change might do if it’s let loose in our lives.

We’d like to think it would best if nothing changed in our lives…nothing going in or out…everything the same…like a stagnant pool.

God doesn’t call His children to be stagnant pools of water. It may seem like change doesn’t visit that stagnant pool, but beneath the surface, conditions are deteriorating rapidly. Inertia and resistance to change eats away at our hearts.

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Jenney Grist Mill, Plymouth

We should instead be a rushing, clear river, letting God stir our hearts and move through our lives according to His will. We should let Him bring change where He sees fit. We will be stronger, healthier, and more helpful to those around us if we submit to Him.

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. Revelations 22:1