The hubby and I went to breakfast this morning after church. We went to Clifton Mill and were able to watch the water wheel for the mill running and gushing water and the Little Miami River rushing by. Rushing being the definitive word. It rained in the night and we got about three and a half inches so the river was running fast through a somewhat narrow channel on its way to meet the Great Miami River.
The interesting thing was that just before the water came to the mill it was pretty calm though running fast from being rain-swollen. At the mill it encountered a small rapids and the water churned and twisted and splashed and fought its way past the wheel and the mill. It’s a dangerous place. It would not be a place where you would want to be – in or out of a raft. But not 10 feet past it was a calm river once again.
The husband who thinks life is good, there are no worries and is shell-shocked when his wife says she’s leaving and wants a divorce.
The wife who finds evidence of her husband’s infidelity.
The parents who get a late night call saying their child is in jail – arrested for alcohol or drug use.
The person who thinks work is great and they are climbing the corporate ladder and all is well, but receives a pink-slip without any hint of its coming.
It happens. More times than we like to acknowledge or even think about. Life is turned upside down and we get beat against the rocks and gulp dirty river water. We can’t see the calm water ahead; we’re just overwhelmed by the rapids we’re in right now.
If that is where you find yourself know that on the other side of the rapids is a calm place of rest. The rapids will end and you will make it to the other side. I’ve been rafting down the New River in West Virginia where there are level 5 rapids that all you do is hang on and keep paddling. You are at the mercy of the river and the rapids. You trust your raft to get you through and you keep paddling as hard as you can – even when it doesn’t seem like it’s doing anything to help. Don’t quit paddling.
We have strong help in the midst of our rapids. Psalm 46 says that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.”
God will bring you to the other side of the rapids where the river calms and He continues on your journey with you. He will extend peace to you like that calm river. He will see you through.