I am not an outdoorsy kind of girl but I find it fascinating that Salmon swim up stream against the current every year to reproduce. It becomes a matter of life and death for them. If they stay where they are or conform to the natural flow of the water they lose themselves. This can happen to us as well.
One of my favorite stories in the bible is the story of when the Queen of Sheba met with King Solomon. Solomon was known throughout the land as a wise, kind and generous king and because of those attributes he was blessed with great wealth. Stories of how just and fair he was reached the ears of the Queen. But she had a hard time believing the stories. She was an independent woman who decided to travel on her own with her servants to see King Solomon. That alone is something to be admired but her greatest triumph, in my opinion, was her willingness to seek out the truth for herself. I can just imagine people in her court, people she trusted, cautioning her to just believe the things that were told to her. Stay in her own kingdom and continue to do what she’s always done. In other words, don’t think or do anything outside the box.
We are constantly bombarded with information-sometimes from the world and sometimes from people in our lives. We are told we should take the information as common knowledge but there’s a stirring in our spirit making it hard for us to believe that. I’ve come to learn the stirring in our spirit is God’s way of getting us to seek out the truth for ourselves. To go against what is considered normal even if it means going against friends and family just so He can get us where He wants us to be.
How do we seek the truth? How do we learn God’s plan for us? Let’s she what the Queen of Sheba did. She went right to the source. She didn’t ask Solomon’s concubines or his wives about his greatness. She didn’t ask the people in the kingdom about his greatness. She spent many hours asking Solomon himself.
That’s what we need to do. I used to have a habit of blindly trusting people and taking things at face value. Now if something doesn’t feel right to me I ask someone I trust. Most of the time I ask God first and He always gives me answers either directly from His word or through preaching and teaching. Second hand answers are not always good and they often cause confusion and discord. Going to the source gives us an opportunity to ask as many questions as needed in our quest for the truth.
And the awesome thing about God is that He always gives us an answer that calms our spirit and is worthy of praise. He could give you an explaintion to your question. He could say yes. He could say maybe. Or He could say no. But no matter what the answer is it still deserves praise because it came from God.
Swimming up stream can be scary but when we take the risk and come out of our comfort zone that’s when we begin realizing God’s destiny for our lives; it won’t be easy and it won’t be without some struggle but the reward far outweighs the challenge.
Just as the Salmon continue to live on so will our legacy when we walk in God’s purpose.