A few years ago, I watched a movie titled the Life of Pi. In it, a young boy is shipwrecked and finds himself lost at sea sharing a small lifeboat with some wild animals, one of them being a tiger.
Faced with dehydration yet surrounded by miles of water around him, the boy doesn’t drink any of it. He knows that although he faces certain death unless he can find something to drink, he would die sooner if he drank the sea water, and so waits for rain.
He was thirsty, yet surrounded by the very thing he was craving. He could touch it, feel the cool waves lapping on his skin under the hot sun, but hidden inside the water was salt that would kill him from the inside.
What are you thirsty for today? I, like many people, have been yearning for news of things settling down, and news is available everywhere you look. Information, both verified and unverified, and opinions are an unyielding torrent on social media, news channels, the sources are endless. But Proverbs 4:23 tells us to “above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Guarding your heart and mind is especially difficult when you wake up to the heart-breaking news of the horrific killing of an unarmed man by police officers in America, and the resulting polarising protests demanding that they, and other perpetrators be brought to justice.
The assumption in the scripture is that we are going to act when it says “everything you do flows from it”, but what action do you take? How do you empathise with the hurt of another person, and make yourself vulnerable enough to feel their pain whilst protecting your heart and your mind? How do you let their hurt touch you enough so that you can feel enough compassion to become passionate, but remain rational? Proverbs 4 is an encouragement to get wisdom, and understanding; to allow things to touch you, and through God’s Word, discern which is the salty water, and which is the fresh, living water.
Let your prayer be that God gives us the willpower, strength and perseverance to come out healthier and stronger in our minds and relationships as we seek His wisdom and understanding.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.