Waterfalls. Big or small I love them all.
I really don’t understand why my heart responds the way it does to this combination of gravity and water, but I can’t deny that it does. Whether it’s a small mountain stream flowing through the forest, or a massive river pouring from the top of a cliff I can barely see, waterfalls are special.
Okay…to be honest, I don’t feel that way about all falling water. The sound of water falling from the faucet over my kitchen sink does not at all produce the same thrill. And maybe it’s just my family, but I’ve never known any of them to be drawn to the kitchen because they heard water falling into the sink.
We may not enjoy washing dishes, but my family does enjoy hiking in the mountains and finding the waterfalls. Sometimes we set out knowing there is a waterfall to be found, but often we come across one unexpectedly.
Whichever way it happens, we are always aware of the waterfall’s existence before we actually stand in its presence. A whisper of sound, at first barely audible, that swells to a roar as we come closer.
We follow the sound, faint at first but ever more clearer, and it leads us. The closer we get, the louder and more distinct the sound becomes. Finally, standing in its presence, the waterfall is all we hear.
Our walk with God is often like finding the waterfall. We first become aware of His presence when we hear a faint whisper, so quiet we may have to strain to hear it. We take a step in that direction and the whisper grows. We continue, one step after another, following the sound, drawing nearer and nearer. The whisper gets louder. The closer we get, the louder and clearer His voice becomes.
Finally, we stand in His presence, so near to Him, His voice is the only thing we hear.
It is then we experience the Holy hush of God’s voice speaking into our hearts.
Maybe I do understand why my heart responds to waterfalls the way it does after all.
At the base of the waterfall, you stand on sacred ground.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 NIV
What steps can you take when you want to hear God’s voice like the roar of a waterfall?