Following the River

on Sunday 31, October 2010

“Jesus stood and cried out, saying ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.  He who believes in Me…out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.“ (John 7:37-38)  The Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives is like a mighty rushing and powerful river.  He is ever-present, available and accessible to us and only needs to be released.  Jesus told the woman at the well that if she opened her heart, he would put within her a river – a well of living water that would satisfy her deepest thirst.

The prophet Ezekiel had a vision of this river which flowed out from the presence of God.  But like us, perhaps he was a little afraid or cautious.  So the Lord gently led him into the water—first up to the ankles, then the knees, then the waist, and then into its overwhelming depths.

The river of God is meant to be experienced.  In the Old Testament, crossing a river was indicative of transition.  The river of the Holy Spirit is there to carry us into new places in God—learning to know him and trust him even when we are in over our heads.   This river is in you, He is in you.  He wants to transport you, to carry you away into his very heart.  Do not allow this river of God to be capped.  But rather sing to this living, life-giving source.  He wants to refresh you, to water your thirsty soul, and then flow into all the dry and barren hearts that surround you.