As a child I was uniquely different from my siblings, they had a running joke that I was found at the river front. Rarely do we think about the importance of the river in the history of mankind. In the beginning there were four rivers that flowed from the Garden of Eden, the Pishon, Gihon, the Hiddekel(Tigris) and the Ehipat(Euphrates); it was one great river that became four spreading out in different directions. Rivers have been immortalized in songs like “Take me to the river to be baptized” or “I want to cross over Jordan to see my Lord”, while these may not be the correct titles I’m sure most of us have heard these words and know the melody.
The children of Israel found deliverance at the river when being perused by the Pharaohs army, they crossed over Jordan on dry land by the mighty hand of God. Many of the disciples of Christ were fisherman, they found sustenance at the river to provide for their families. Elijah smote the river with his mantle and it parted allowing him and Elisha to cross on dry land. For many the river is a place of relaxation and reflection, to look into the face of God and smile; for we were created in His image. Some find this to be a special treat, to withdraw from the toils of life and find peace at the river.
Our redeemer found acknowledgement at the river; a Dove came down from Heaven and rested on Him, a voice came from Heaven saying “this is my beloved Son in whom I’m well pleased”. Have you ever considered visiting the river? Seeking the solitude of a quiet stream, communing with nature, or simply reflecting on the beauty of the world that surrounds you. What is missing from your life? What do you struggle with daily? Peace of mind can be found at the river; The Father and the Son can be found at the river. We just need to come aside from our daily routine, find our quite place, and open our hearts to the Holy Spirit.
What can be found at the river can be anywhere we are willing to seek the Face of the Father through opening our hearts to the sacrifice and love of the Son. He has said ” let him who thirst come unto Me, I will give you living water”. All that can be found at the river we can find in Jesus the Christ, the ONLY begotten Son of the Most High God. Take a seat at His feet and allow the river of life to flow through you from the heart of the Savior.
My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace