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Floodgates. The image of water building up and growing has filled my mind all week. There is a huge bank that works hard to curb the flow of this water. It is doing an amazing job of containing the water too. But time passes and the water continues to grow and expand and the surge of force continues to grow. For a time there is a cap on the the water to keep it from forcing itself beyond the walls that contain it. But with time the force of the water swells and eventually it bursts and spills out onto land. When this happens there is no way to stop it from flowing.

This is the image of my life. There have been times in which I have needed to place thoughts and feelings into a bottle, shove them down and carefully screw the lid on. Then I have to walk away from these things and ask God to help contain them. Sometimes they seep out and I have to return and push all the contents back in and place the lid snuggly on the container again. This process sometimes has taken tons of effort and prayer but I have known that this is the right thing to do. After all as Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." But the floodgates have suddenly burst for me and there is no way under the sun that I can contain the outburst or place these things back under lock and key. There is an avalanche now that has been growing for years and there is no way to contain it. All I can do is come to God and ask Him to help me. I know He has a plan. My job is to trust Him and to wait for Him to lead. The path I am on is not certain and what will happen only God knows but I have to trust that He has a reason for allowing this to happen. Now I have to walk with Him and trust Him to lead.

Maybe you are in a season in your life where you feel like me that the floodwaters have poured out of their container and escaped and things seem uncertain and difficult. This is when we must trust God and claim His promises. He is in control of our lives even when we are in circumstances like this. In His time He will make sense of things. Our job is to lean into His arms and continue to trust Him. We must pray and wait for Him to direct us. He will lead. Don't lose heart. Keep trusting Him.

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