Personal River of Change

Thank you to all of my followers who didn’t quit on me during my long sabbatical. It’s hard to return after being away from blogging. One reason is because it’s difficult to come up with a first post! It’s not as easy as: “Hi, I’m Back!!! Gotta love me!”

Recently I saw a poster entitled “Life is like a River.” How often have you heard that saying? Poems are written about it, Facebook posts share it and Garth Brooks beautifully sang about it. Wouldn’t a river analogy be the perfect segue after a life-changing sabbatical?

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” (Isaiah 43:2)

 

Rivers are molded by their environment.

Rivers are amazing and beautiful. They can gently bring life back to a community or can flood it with a vengeance, if influenced by outside sources. Rivers can gently round off rocks, creating their beautiful smoothness or mold them into craggy, sharp, dangerous edges.

During my teenage years, our farm bordered part of the Susquehanna River. Since we weren’t far from its source in Cooperstown, NY, it wasn’t very wide. A stone could have easily been thrown across it. That is until the rains came and the river overflowed onto our fields. This could have been a good or bad event. It could destroy crops or enrich the soil.

Events happen in our lives that we have no control over. When downpours come into our lives, do we rant and rave? Sure, but even if justified, do we allow it to destroy our happiness? Do we accept life’s challenges, make the best of it and move on or have a pity party, mope and complain? How we react to a crisis is a personal choice. Choose Joy!

River intensity changes frequently

Our personal “life river” became a white water rafting trip last year when we traveled over some rocky shoals of life. Sadly, we were betrayed by beloved trusted friends, accosted and blindsided by an angry mob of “Pharisees.” Other innocent friends were hurt simply for being our acquaintances. Yet still their and our Faith never wavered.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Yes, God is Faithful. He almost miraculously moved us out of a toxic environment and provided a way of escape. (1 Corinthians 10:13) Over the past five months, life has become incredibly rewarding and joyful once again, living in paradise. We are coasting on smooth waters and our faith not only endured but flourished.

Rivers are always moving forward, therefore no two days are ever the same: 

Several years ago, after my husband accepted his previous position, he was asked to join the staff of a wonderful Christian college. Having integrity, he declined, faithfully serving his congregation. It was evident that God’s River moves at its own pace, patiently instilling life experience. God eventually provided abundant blessings; moving us to that new teaching position and true Christian friendships.

Rivers are so diverse, no two are alike. Just like people 

I’m here to implore you to not focus on fragile, fallible Christians. God alone is perfect. Our past is a training field, learn from it. If you don’t like your circumstances, change them. If you trust in God, rely on His Will, He will never forsake you!

It’s good to be back, my friends.

 

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13 thoughts on “Personal River of Change

  1. Welcome back! I have missed your posts. The other day I was cleaning out my books and came across one of yours – it brought smiles of knowing you and prayers of blessings for you. How blessed we are for knowing God and experience the healing He only can give us.

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    • Oh Patty, thank you so much! I think I simply needed to heal and thought my posts would sound robotic and phony if I wrote through the pain. God is Good and I’m back in more ways then one, ❤ (Sure hope you kept my book – which one was it?) I just posted a short story on amazon.com entitled, The Curious Proposal for Prosperity, Nevada for 99 cents. I'll post about that someday soon! Blessings back,

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  2. Welcome back Ellie. So good to hear from you again. Such a lovely picture of God moving thru our lives like a river molding us into the person He wants us to be. Sometimes it is peaceful and sometimes it is tumultuous but no matter what, He is with us every step of the way leading and guiding us towards His very best.

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    • Sadly it’s the typical story of a jealous, insecure yet power hungry person losing control over her position and doing anything to gain it back. She wanted a country club instead of a church. Some fail to understand that God’s Will and Scripture trumps people’s will. And our Kind, Loving God always had us in His Hand so He blessed us after we endured this unexpected, vindictive sabotage. Thanks for caring, love you my friend, ❤ Blessings back,
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