God’s Gonna Trouble the Water


“God’s gonna trouble the water.”

The song, “Wade in the Water,” relates to both the Old and New Testaments. The verses reflect the Israelites’ escape out of Egypt as found in Exodus:14. The chorus — “Wade in the water, children; God’s gonna trouble the water” — refers to healing: “For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.” (John 5:4)

When I am in trouble, I want to get waist-deep in God’s water and let the healing come. I want to watch for the troubling of the water and then I want to step in it and be made whole. Yes, some people might say it sounds like a fairy tale. Some may call it a magic trick. I prefer to think of it as one of God’s mysteries that can change a life in an instant. I prefer to believe it is a miracle of God, pure and simple.

So when I experience pain, my prayer is “God, trouble the water.” When I experience grief, my prayer is,”God, trouble the water.” When I experience fear, I will pray, “God, trouble the water.” When I am beside myself with troubles, I believe with all my heart that God’s gonna trouble the water so that when I step in, I will be cleansed! Amen.

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