Times of transition call for reflection.
Change can cause us to doubt, question, and grieve the season before…
As we turn a corner – as the river of our life swishes round another bend – we look up, and wonder why.
Then we brace ourselves, and roll with it – ready or not…
What rivers are you winding into at the moment? How are you feeling about the changes afoot?
Take time now to stop and remember that God is steering the boat. Lean on him. You are not alone…
I’ve been enjoying the music of Australian artist Mark Wilkinson lately. I really appreciate his lyrical depth and impassioned delivery.
Here are some of the lines of a favourite song:
Take all my memories down to the riverside
Wash them all clean, wash them dry
Rinse out my eyes till I’m colour blind
And let this heart begin.
Let the river run and the weight fall on my shoulder
Let the river run and the waves crash over and over
Let the river run, cause my journey’s begun
I’m on a new road, never to return…
As we wash our memories clean, and our hearts prepare for the next journey, may we surrender to the river bends planned for us – be they still and gentle, or wild rapids…
“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.” (Psalm 46:4)
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” (Isaiah 43:2)