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Editor’s journey


Treading water — Spiritually

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — As a teenager I loved riding the waves at the beach in Santa Cruz, Calif. My brothers and I couldn’t afford a surfboard, so we learned to bodysurf. Sometimes we’d tread water for five minutes waiting to catch the perfect wave that would carry us to shore.

Regrettably, some believers today seem to be treading water spiritually. Perhaps they experienced “revival” in the 1990s, and now they’re merely floating along until they can catch the “next wave of the Spirit.” One person said it this way: “The Holy Spirit is allowing us to catch our breath for a while until He pours out His Spirit again.”

Quite frankly, we don’t need to catch our breath. We don’t have to wait for the “next wave” to experience more of the Spirit and draw closer to Christ. We need more of Jesus in our lives today.

The Spirit-filled life is not like bodysurfing. We don’t float passively through life until the next spiritual whitecap or mega-revival comes along. As a kid, I learned that some whitecaps are disappointing. From a distance they appear huge and powerful, but in the end they don’t take you anywhere. The experience we should long for is not a spiritual thrill ride or adrenaline rush, but rather the lasting warmth that comes from having an intimate relationship with our Savior.

Have you been awaiting a revival atmosphere before seeking more of Jesus in your life? Have you been waiting for headlines in this magazine to proclaim, “We are in revival”? You don’t need to tread water any longer. The Spirit desires to do a work in your life today … and He’s urging you to get your eyes off the waves and on the Master of the sea.

— Hal Donaldson

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