The weather is finally warming up here in Northern New Mexico and I had the opportunity to go out walking along the river yesterday afternoon. How different things looked from the last time I was down there just a few weeks ago. Tangled barren branches now sporting new green leaves. Grass growing thick and wild along the river bank. People out walking, jogging, riding bikes and pushing baby prams.
I have a favorite spot where the water spills over some rocks creating a mini rapids of sorts. I sat for a while yesterday watching a trio of ducks and a piece of wood that was caught up in the fast-moving water. It made an interesting contrast and brought several thoughts to mind as I watched. The wood circling round and round in a never-ending cycle – bobbing into the current and back out again – unable to release itself permanently from the currents strong grasp – this in contrast to the ducks, who smart enough to stay out of the faster moving water paddled freely and placidly about.
It occurred to me as I watched from my position along the bank how like that piece of wood I often am. They don’t call it drift wood for nothing. Without arms to swim or feet to paddle, the wood is completely at the mercy of the current. And without a change in water speed or depth, the wood would continue in that same cycle perhaps forever – or until the summer runoff subsides and the water level drops leaving the wood exactly where it was but this time stuck – stuck in the mud and going nowhere.
As I was doing my Bible reading this morning, I thought of these words from the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 3:17 -
“…. where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom”.
Yes, freedom! And, as trite as that may sound it is exactly true. For in and of ourselves, we are powerless to change much about our lives and the situations we find ourselves in. We can try this and try that but, it is only by God that we will find permanent release and change that will last. A thought I hope that will stay with me the next time I find my self “caught in the current” of life. Less reliance on me and more on the one who has the power to effect a permanent change – after all, it is he who controls the water does he not?
I love how God speaks to us through the simple things, don’t you? It has made a difference in my day today – I hope it has in yours.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6
Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy