Muddying the Waters

Throwback Thursday… These days being present with friends who are aching seems like a helpless space, but I know it is wiser than me muddying their waters. Choosing to be present and not wiggle out of those moments waxing words of homespun wisdom and rationales. Looking for a bigger view of God and what He has to say… “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17

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woman in blindfold wearing black top on body of water while leaning on a rock Photo by Gustavo Alcantara on

‘Who is this that darkens my counsel by words without knowledge?” ( Job 38:2) Another paraphrase puts it more visual for me, “who is muddying the waters?” Recently this verse was asked of me, deep in my soul. I could hear God asking. I had to answer with an honest, “It is I, who is muddying the waters and darkening your counsel.” I had to repent. In my desire to defend God, as if He needs me to do this for Him, and to comfort those in deep suffering, I have muddied the waters. I have entered in and added words and emotions that were not helpful, and really did not clarify who God was. I was commiserating with them and shaking my fist at God with them, but then turning around and telling them how God was for them and with them. Muddying…

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