(originally posted on 4/7/10 – some life lessons are good to review!)

The water looked weird.  I couldn’t put my finger on what was happening, but something odd was going on.

One of the enormous benefits of living where I do is having access to the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway – on my lunch hour no less.  I had walked down to the water to get away in the middle of a workday for some solitude and thinking time.  There was a lot on my mind.  I felt restless.

And apparently, so did the water.

Usually the Intracoastal current is moving one way or the other, following the tides.  But on this day, it actually looked restless, like it didn’t know which direction it wanted to go in.  It wasn’t going in, it wasn’t going out.  Just swirling around in the middle.  And then it hit me.  I was witnessing the exact moment when the tide was about to change.  A few minutes later, the water started moving in one specific direction.  It seemed relieved.

And so was I.

I realized that I had been feeling that way too, not knowing which way to go, which choice to make.  I was unsettled and frustrated.  But watching the water reminded me that restlessness can be OK, and that the change will come when the time is right.

Sometimes we feel restless, with no idea what God is up to.  But it just may be that He’s about to turn the tide for us.  I had to be patient long enough to see the tide turn that day on the Intracoastal Waterway.  And I need to be just as patient about things in my own life, too.

Yes, the tide may be just about to turn.

He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.  Then they are glad because they are quiet;  So He guides them to their desired haven.  Psalm 107:29-30.

Now therefore, stand and see this great thing which the LORD will do before your eyes:  1 Samuel 12:16

Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!  Psalm 27:14