When my son was very young like 3 or 4 years old, He had a dream of heaven. In his dream He saw a river that ran through the center of heaven. He described the river as clear with multi-color reflections like a rainbow. He described the river as coming from under a throne. On either side of the river was one tree and their leaves had the same look as the water. He was too young to know any Bible lessons like this. I immediately recalled this scripture.
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life”- REV 22:1, 2a
God is like a river. I am standing on the riverbank watching the river in all it’s power and beauty run pass me. The water is like God’s consistency. His love, faithfulness, kindness & truth remain the same. Yet the actual moving water in front of me is ever-changing. There is a newness & freshness in how God expresses himself moment to moment. I experience both the eternal & constant aspect of God and the fresh & new aspect of God.
We experience life in a new way, every morning, every day. This is part of God’s thumbprint on humanity. We are not made to remain stagnant and stale. We are not made for lifeless drudgery. We are being renewed every day. “Inwardly we are being renewed day by day” 2 Cor 4:16
From the river bank I look down the river as it swiftly runs around the bend and out of sight. I wonder, where is it going? What is the scenery like around the bend?
Questions like these are an invitation. An invitation to jump in and discover first hand the life I can live in Him.
Jumping into the river looks like daily conversational prayer, interactions with the Bible & its Author. Then moving into action by faith on things He shows you.
When I decide to jump in my next question is, “God where are we going?” Im sure Jesus would answer this way…”The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”-John 3:8.
I expect I will not know the details of what is ‘around the bend’ but I can trust in God’s good intentions toward me and those I love. God’s invitation to us is to jump in. I don’t want to stand on the river bank another day calculating probability & risks while the life I could have in God goes swiftly by.