I woke in the middle of the night last night. The Lord spoke to my heart and brought this image to my mind. The image is of me sitting in the middle of a river. It's a photograph my husband took just a few months ago.
It was taken as a self portrait to go along with a series of photography assignments I've been participating in over the past year.
With the business of summer and all that life has had for us, it is not till now that I felt the nudge to reflect on all this image holds for me. I feel that it represents so much of what the Lord has taught me and brought me through in my life.
Before I elaborate, I would love to share this song that has been my prayer.
May you be blessed as you read these words and may The Spirit of God flow into your heart!
Let the River Flow
Let the poor man say
I am rich in Him
Let the lost man say
I am found in Him
Let the River flow
As I sit in the midst of the river. I look back at the smooth glassy water, giving thanks for all that the Lord has covered in my life. All He has forgiven and restored. He alone surrounded me, healed me and redeemed my life with His love. It was not until I recognized my need for a Savior and surrendered my life to Him that I found myself standing on a solid foundation. God became my Rock, my All, my Everything! He turned my sorrow into joy, my pain into dancing, my weakness into strength. He turned my life upside down and inside out and I am forever and eternally grateful. He has taught and continues to teach me
how to turn from myself and run to Him.
The warning in Scripture if we choose to live without God:
"The waters of the river will dry up,
the riverbed will be parched and dry."
It is by Gods Grace:"He searches the sources of the rivers and brings hidden things to light."
It has been a journey with many twists and turns, bumps, bruises and detours along the way. I have stumbled, been broken and bloodied. There have been times when I felt helplessly pulled under and swept away in the rushing unrelenting waters. At times I truly thought I might drowned. I have found myself flailing, gasping for air and struggling in my own weakness.
Why is it we try to do so much of life on our own, forgetting about the one who is life? It is He, I want to reach for and trust without hesitation or fear.
It is His Strength, Mercy, Love and Power that we ALL need in our lives.
"There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells."
It is not the approval of others, it is not the list of laws we need to "do" just so,
it is the Love of Jesus Christ we need to set us Free.
The Lord Himself is here, ALIVE and ready to
rescue and strengthen if we would only surrender ALL!
"Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree."
He wants the GLORY and He Deserves it ALL...
after all He alone is God and we are not!
All we have to do is turn to him completely and turn away from anything and everything that pulls us or holds us away from knowing Him. This is easier said than done. But when you do, the living waters will change you forever and you will never be the same.
You will be Alive in Christ and there is nothing more beautiful than Him.
"He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
like a river it flowed in the desert."
In all of our lives, the waters continue to flow, every day, through every season the waters push forward. Sometimes gently, sometimes with much fury and force.
As I prayed in the darkness of night...I heard the Lord softly remind me:
Come to the water, you who thirst and you will thirst no more
Drink from the Love that is pouring from my hands
Come to the river, be filled
Turn to me, wait on me, Trust in me,
I will guide you.
Come to the banks and be washed in the flow of my Mercy and Grace
Yes...Turn to me, Trust in me and I will show my unfailing
LOVE, HEALING and POWER
My streams of MERCY are Flowing Full Force.
I am the light in the darkness, I am with you in stillness or storm.
I will meet you in the calmness of morning and be with
you in any shadows that taunt or waves that try to
Just like a new day comes, so will trials make themselves known.
Let it not surprise you when battle and heartache erupt.
"When the river rages, he is not alarmed; he is secure."
The past is behind you,
today is upon you and tomorrow is before you
I am in the midst of the current of life.
"He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers." Psalm 1:3
I am life itself, I am living water that flows about you
Hold onto me, my strength is sufficient.
I will provide, protect and guide.
"Let the rivers clap their hands,
Let the mountains sing together for joy"
No matter what is behind or what is before you...I am here with
you... you have stolen my heart and I am
yours and you are mine!
"He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."