Today is Wednesday at 5:14 PM, which is the weirdest time I’ve ever written and published a post. Well, I’m writing right now…it’s not technically published yet. But, when you read it, it will be (hehehehehe). Anyway, I’m posting, so that’s the big picture. 🙂
Have you ever felt like you’re so filled with joy even though you’re going through some of the thickest fire? I wouldn’t say I’m going through fire, but life is life, so all days are hard (9th grade science should do to describe my hardships :P). But, even in the midst of that, I still feel the most fluent joy like I’ve never felt before! Like, ever! I loved the way I heard it put in Ezekiel chapter 47, about a rushing river. You have to step in, and the waters begin to rise. To the ankles first, then knees, then waist! It’s like we have to step into the water first to go deeper with Christ. If we stand still, we’ll never do anything! To be cleansed and renewed, we have to go deep and feel the cold water and hit those jagged rocks, then the tide gets so high, that we can’t even get across! But, to get across isn’t the point. It’s to flow with God’s great current and feel the pull of his call to adventure. I have said gazillions of times (if you’ve read other posts), that life is a grand adventure! We flow at fast speeds and even though the rocks can smash us and pound us until we’re broken, we come out and find that we are even cleaner than we were before.
There are a lot of things that make a river:
From everything in scripture, we read that Christ is the Living water. Water is a supplement, purifier, and satisfier. I don’t think satisfier is even a word, but that’s ok, because it’s in my dictionary.
The river has to be fast and swift in order to push water up the mountains and down into oceans. The fastest river in the world is the Atrato river in Columbia, which rushes at 4,900 cubic meters per second!
A river has to have clean water…how does it get clean water? The water is not clean from where it starts: at the top of a mountain (it’s basically melted snow). As it goes down, the current becomes faster and faster. When the rocks come, the water is cleansed from it’s impurities and becomes cleaner gradually all the way down.
If we choose to dive in, we can’t get out. The deeper we are in the water, the safer we are in Christ. After all, how can the Enemy hit a moving target? When we are so focused just on pleasing God and our relationship with him, we can resist the Devil and totally forget about him.
Think about the Forest River in the Hobbit Desolation of Smaug. The dwarves in the barrels were moving so swiftly with the river (in barrels), that orc/elf arrows never hit them. Except for when Kili had to pull the lever to open the gate. Otherwise, they focused on their mission and never once were they hit because an enemy cannot hit moving targets!
I feel as though a few months ago I was just standing fast in the river, not embracing it’s pull and flowing with it. I wasn’t spiritually active. I was stagnant like a swamp that develops and gathers parasites and bacteria. Without movement, we spiritually fail.
That’s why in my personal walk with my Abba, I have to flow in his current. His strong moving current makes me clean and pure for his cause. I am totally ready to start traveling in the rapids of grace! Are you?
Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.
3 And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. 4 Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. 5 Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. 6 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.
7 When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. 8 Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed...
P.S. I am remodeling my Tauriel dress, to make it look like the one on the Forest River (ironic, isn’t it?), so I’m deleting the post “Your Guide to Making a Tauriel Cosplay” until the new and improved dress is complete.
P.P.S. Also, here’s the Forest River scene: it’s one of my favorites, especially when you put it to Ezekiel 47:1-8. Plus, it’s a really epic scene! It starts at the part where Kili gets shot…I couldn’t seem to find a longer one! Observe Tauriel’s dress! It’ll be the one I transform mine into: