I was reading a very interesting article about how rivers can be a representation of our lives. The other option is to be a stagnant pool of water. I don’t know about you but I’d rather be a moving river than a mosquito home. Throughout the Bible the topic of rivers are returned to again and again, including a very painting-worthy passage in Ezekiel 47. Rivers were often used because the people knew them to be a source of life, and in using them as a teaching example the listeners could more easily understood the concept of the living word and life of God, especially before the birth and death of Jesus (although there are lots of examples in the New Testament, too).
Where are you at in your life right now? Are you in a stagnant place? Or are you being swept away by life? Or are you moving along with life, taking it as it comes? The funny thing about rivers is that they can do a real good job of hiding the truth. What can look like a peaceful spot can be deadly to dive into or a bottomless pit or have an incredible current that will sweep you under before you know what’s happening. People too can hide the truth, there are countless people all around the globe that are hiding their real feelings, hurts, frustrations, fears and maybe even their joys. They hide because they’re afraid that if people knew the real them, they would be judged. And the unfortunate thing is many would be judged, humiliated, laughed at or not taken seriously, that’s how too much of our world works.
As people of faith we’ve got a responsibility to step up and be better people. It’s unfortunate that we too have at times fallen into the judgment zone, trying to look all perfect to the world while struggling privately. No, we’re not supposed to live as sinfully as others in the world do, but Christian or not we’re still human and have our not so great moments. We have many of the same challenges to face as others do around the world, we just know that we can go into the rushing river with an excellent rescue team on hand for us (the people at our church or Bible Study or other faith-based group, not to mention God).
Is this your week to conquer the river in your life? I encourage you to be brave and say that enough is enough, and choose to move as your life (and God) directs.