Having driven yesterday to the site of the Ohio River at Leavenworth, Indiana, we stopped for a few moments to gaze upon its beauty. While the sun glistened on the water, the view became even more restful and inviting to just “be in the moment.” It was life-giving to watch it move gently down the way.
Interestingly enough, the Scripture reading for this morning was on the passage of the River of Healing in Ezekiel 47: 1-12. Verse 9 states that “everything that touches the water of this river will live.” Then….”Wherever this water flows, everything will live. “
The passage reminds me of what Jesus said in John 7:38. Once we believe in Him , He gives us the “living water” of His Holy Spirit.
Christian spiritual formation may be peaceful or raging during our journey within yet He is constantly with us as the “river of healing” as transformation takes place.
Frances Ridley Havergal, the hymn writer put it this way:
Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace;
Over all victorious in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth, Fuller ev’ry day,
Perfect, yet it groweth, Deeper all the way.
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blessed.
Finding as He promised perfect peace and rest.