Thursday, June 10, 2010

There is a river

Psalm 46:4 There is a river, whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the Holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.
Shirley and I drove some back roads this past Sunday and found our way to a new development of homes on the York River.  As we stood on the bluff and looked up the river we could see the paper mill in West Point.  The river was wide here...maybe a few miles across.  A river is grand and beautiful.  It's expanse allows the eye to see far and the mind to think larger thoughts.  The boats on the river appeared small and were dwarfed by the water.  A river at rest holds the potential for awesome power and a river awakened by wind unleashes that power in waves and flooding.  A river carries cargo and passengers and provides fish (and crabs, in the York!).  Rivers were the highways of our early country and they remain important for transportation.  But there is a special river in Psalm 46 that delights the place of our Lord in Heaven.  I don't know for sure what this is referring to but I like to think about the connection we have with our God.  A river makes important connections and the river of God might be His gracious Son who has travelled great distances to find us and now we travel that river upstream to His City to worship our Lord.  And one day our boat will dock at Heaven's Gate and He will lead us to the throne.
blessings to others on the river, with a shout to those on the shore to jump in!
Rob Smith

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