How’s your heart doing in this beautiful summer weather? Do you do well with the change in routine which comes around holiday times?
Get a cold drink and sit down with me for a while…
Imagine a riverbank with reeds extending some way out into the river. You’re sat low in a small boat, and you’re hampered by the reeds towering over you. You want to be free to follow the flow of the river, of course you do, why else would you be there?
You feel for the oars and struggle to fit them in place before getting into position yourself, you start to pull, first one then the other, occasionally both together… As the reeds thin out there’s more freedom to use the oars, finally you break through into the beginnings of the free flow of the river.
But you don’t want to stick to the side, your eye is on the centre of the river, the deep powerful fast flowing river.
So you row, your feeble attempts to paddle out into the river have paid off, now you feel the strain as you pull hard and see the boat push through the water to enter the faster flow…finally you merge and are free.
The breeze and the green scents remind you of childhood days out, walks, picnics, stupid dogs, and freedom….
Free again to follow the flow of the river, to go where it takes you….and so you go.
What do I mean by this?
If we’ve been around a while we know those rhythms which are beneficial to us, helping us make good progress on our journey.
For some it is getting out and walking in the open, the fresh air blowing the cobwebs of a cluttered mind and bringing a return to ease and aaahh…
Others need the stimulation of people, to be active in helping someone else brings their sense of being in step again.
Some simply want to worship, no time constraints but to linger for as long as they can, knowing they too have his smile over them.
You see, each of us has a set of oars. If you take some time to ponder you will recognise yours too.
Why not dust them off, put them in place and paddle out through those limiting reeds and get yourself out into the fast flow of the river of God again, feel the wind of His Spirit in your face…you know how you love it.
Let the beauty of summer provoke you to seek the presence and power of God, He loves to be sought, He tells us… Seek my face… Those who seek me find me…
He hides so as to be found…..so find Him.