the river flow continues

The river continues to flow.

The ice that one time held the snow on top of the water now from upstream has broken up and many large pieces have crashed on the islands in the middle of the small river, but the water still flows. Even on the coldest days the river water still seemed to flow under the ice.

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My wife and I speaking with a friend a few days ago was asked, is that rocks out on the island or big chunks of ice? Being unfamiliar with what we were looking at, hampered by the weather, and the ice being covered with dirt and debris, we both replied rocks. Now that the weather has cleared some and the dirt has been washed away by the recent rains. These are clearly large chunks of ice that are remnants of the frozen river a week or so ago.

All of this has been phenomenal to watch. The snow came, the river froze over, more snow came and then the river began to thaw. My friend said as the river thawed at night it sounded as if trains were crashing outside his window. If you look closely at the river, the trees along side the islands carry some major scars from the movement of the ice. There was one day that concerns grew intense over the potential of flooding but the river receded in time. What man could arrange such and event over such great a territory as the North East. No one.

My friend has moved on now, as my wife and I will do soon. Our job here is coming to an end but the river will still flow. As I looked at the river today I thought of life with family, friends, our circumstances and how they affect our life and our relationship to Christ Jesus in our own lives.

There’s times where circumstances seem good, life is pretty and clean like the snow. Then events seem frozen in time, covered by what seems the good life while we move on to ignore the frozen hurt concealed in the ice of wrong choices. Underneath, the river still desires to flow and sustain life and bring new life. As the frozen hurt seems to thaw over time, the results of the shifting ice that once seemed so pretty now comes crashing in like a train. Like the trees along the river the large pieces of shifting ice causes scars in our personal lives yet the river still flows. Some of the large pieces continue to hang on as long as possible, appearing as rocks with dirt and mud on them. Finally, they are washed with the water and appear for what they really are. Huge chunks of indifference that have yet to thaw and find their place of being gone for good.

Sometimes there is nothing we can do to cause the thaw of indifference and bitterness to go away faster, just let the river continue to flow. As the sun/Son continues to shine and the river continues to flow, the thaw for this season will come, some scars may remain in this life and even some life/branches may be broken away, but the river still flows.

Revelation 22 v17 puts it this way-“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosover will, let him take the water of life freely.”

In the book of John, chapter 7 v37,38 Jesus put it this way,-“…If any man thirst, let him come unto me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly/heart shall flow rivers of living water.

May we continue learning to give thanks to God in all things as the river continues to flow. Amen

Today’s Meditation 1/28/2018

a random verse…

“The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:” Daniel 4 v11

Shall we ever loose sight of who God is? I would hope not. This great king had grown to great measures of wealth, prosperity, and strength before the people and a dream came that troubled him with visions in his head. He sought through many avenues-“the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: … but the did not make known unto me the interpretation…”- the answer to these troubling visions and thoughts. Daniel (i.e. Belteshazzar) also was troubled by his interpretation because it brought news of great change.

The great tree, the nation/kingdom (i.e. the tree) would be cut down to a stump, destroyed to a remnant of people. In this greatness the King was driven out from men and lived with the beast of the field until … “thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.” At “the end of the days/time … Nebuchadnezzar lifted up …” his eyes “and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that live for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, …”

Lord, I thank you that you do not hide the truths from me. Let me be found worthy of you by your spirit living in me, not of myself and my way. Lord, I thank you that you are in control and forgive me for my not understanding. Amen

Sunday 1/28/2018

Today’s Meditation 1/26/2018

a random verse…

“Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” Deuteronomy 4 v6

To know God’s way-[his appointment of time, space, quantity, labor and usage] in the measure of his ordinance’s is the beginning of having others recognize how great God is to the nation who does these things.

Generation to generation, teach the ways of the Lord. Even examine ourselves and do not forget what we have seen to keep a pure heart all the days of our lives.

Dear Lord, thank you for this day and bless those of our own families and all others that we may continue to learn of you and trust you in our daily living. Amen

Friday 1/26/2018

Today’s Meditation 1/25/2018

a random verse…

“Wherefore thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I am against your pillows (i.e. magic charms), wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly (i.e. like birds), and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.” Ezekiel 13 v20

“Put no other God’s before me…” the word has said. We will trust in the name of the Lord. Superstitions are just that, superstitions. Our God is absolute to define the universe and universes. The balance of life is given us by measure of faith for us to learn more of him.

May you be blessed today as we trust in him. Amen

Thursday 1/25/2018

Today’s Meditation 1/24/2018

a random verse…

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Mathew 28 v20

The great commission-Jesus. As Jesus lived with his disciples he walked with them and taught them about life. As he lives with us, he walks with us and teaches us about life. As he speaks to us through his word, our circumstances reveal to us opportunity’s to live out this great commission. To observe what he has commanded us in all his ways and to teach them to others.

One of the greatest opportunity’s to learn is to teach.

Dear heavenly father, be with us this day as we learn more of you and teach others. Bless those who have great needs around the world today. Amen

Wednesday 1/24/2018

Today’s Meditation 1/23/2018

a random verse…

“I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” Psalm 18 v3

The King of all Kings, the Lord God-in our short comings and failures he is long-suffering, he is worthy to be praised. None can make the heavens shake with thunder, the rain fall where it will-on the just and even the unjust. He is Lord and worthy to be praised. None can stand against those who are his because he is on their side.

Lord, may I find myself worthy to be yours, not of my own  way but of my faith and trust in you. Only you know the struggles of each one of us, Lord. Let us be forgiven in your sight and strengthened in your way. Lord protect us from the oppressor’s. Help us Lord in keeping your ways and let us not depart from them. Lord, let me not stand on false righteousness but let my heart be filled with your desire and my actions filled with your ways, because I know your spirit can guide me. Amen

Tuesday 1/23/2018