Learning to Stand Still

If you have ever been to the beach, a river bottom, or have stepped into the shallow waters of a lake, movement stirs up the water. Water becomes mirky, and what once may have been clear, becomes cloudy. Yet, if you balance yourself, and remain still, everything settles, and you can see through the water again.

The pace of life, daily demands, and constant distractions often create cloudy vision, but when we pause to reflect on God's heart and intentions, the murkiness of life settles, and we are able to see God's heart and mission more clearly.

"God, what is the next step for me in my journey with you?" This is one of the most beautiful as well as one of the most dangerous prayers an individual can pray. Yet, it is also the kind of prayers that propel us forward with God. We aren't called to tread water, stand in place, or to permanently recline in comfort. With God, since the very beginning, He intends His creation—and His new creation—to grow, cultivate, and to develop. It is both God's invitation and His expectation.

Join us in our 8-week teaching series called GROW. Just as no one is beyond redemption; no one is beyond being continually developed by God.

Josh Ross (Preaching Minister at Sycamore View)

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From yesterday, I'd also like to hear more about how to prepare for an encounter with God. What you do, what you suggest . . .

Is there a spot on the website where people react to your Sunday message - say how they internalize the lesson, use it on Monday?

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