When You are in the Flow of the River

I hope you are all enjoying your summer or whatever season you find yourself in! I am praying for you and believing the best God has for you will manifest in your lives.

Life has been crazy busy here the past few weeks with our grandson visiting for ten days and also with the work my husband and I are doing around the house as we prepare it for sale. The calendar shows we are in the one-year final countdown and I feel stressed and excited all at the same time.  My heart is confident that right now we are where we are supposed to be, moving to where He wants us to go.

The past few weeks you would have found me helping my husband as ‘we’ power washed, sanded and painted our deck, fence and upstairs closets. Yesterday as I began painting our bedroom closet, I saw our circumstances from a different perspective.

  In a flash of insight, I understood there is no going back when we are in the River.  In Him we live and move and have our being and in Him there is always a going forward and going deeper into the River of Delight and Great Joy.

The Lord gave me a picture of an eddy in a river and He showed me myself in the center of the eddy swirling round and round.   The eddy has been a time of swirling busyness, necessary busyness.  With each stroke of the paintbrush, I am aware of an excitement in knowing where we are going and that I am preparing this home for its new owners.

2013-08-05 23.42.05I have also been feeling ‘caught’ as if I am not moving; held in the eddy, swirling like a leaf round and round.

He showed me otherwise. He showed me how the waters are smoothing my rough edges, softening and shaping me to be the woman He sees me already being. Be encouraged knowing He sees you too, beloved as complete and perfect, lacking no good thing.

He also let me know in His way, that He is getting ready to swoosh me out of the eddy’s swirling and shoot me down the river. 

The river flows onward to the sea but sitting on the riverbank enjoying the sounds of the bubbling waters sparkling in the sunlight; 139we cannot see the bigger body of water.  We can’t see where the river flows; we only know it moves coordinated with the Creator’s greater purpose. 

The river flows, He is the flowing River of Life and immersed in the waters we are one with Him.

Gazing out at the river, we see twigs; leaves and sticks all flowing with the river, until the swirling eddies catch them. Watching, entranced by the swirling movement it seems like the eddy will never release its hold on the branch.  Then, all of a sudden, the hold of the swirl releases and the branch is free to flow downstream.

 

I can hear and feel the rush and excitement of the swoosh!148

 

Aren’t we all looking for the release, the rush of the downstream flow?

Whatever you are going through right now precious ones, don’t be discouraged or faint of heart.

Climb up on your Father’s lap and ask Him to give you eyes to see your circumstances from His perspective. Open your heart to Him, trust Him fully and know He is perfecting and polishing you, tumbling you as a stone in the river. He holds you in His hand smooth and polished.  A place provided

Will we be willing to listen and obey when He speaks to us of changes necessary in our mindsets and actions?

Can you hear Him quietly whispering words of wisdom and truth to your heart?  Can you imagine the fiery passion of the love God has for you, His great desire to give and fill you with hope?

Based on Psalm 119:97-104.  The Hebrew alphabet assigned to this section of the Psalm is ‘Mem’.  It means fluid like water, has grace and beauty. 

You are blessed. You are loved. 

You are Beckoned by the King and I rejoice with you as you enter His presence with praise and thanksgiving on your lips!

with you in His palm

 

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Comments

  1. Kathleen says

    Thanks Jeannie, this is good! “Will we be willing to listen and obey when He speaks to us of changes necessary in our mindsets and actions?” Indeed, obedience is better than sacrifice! Great post!

  2. Becca Johnson says

    Jeannie! You have a beautiful writing style; I love reading your work! I really enjoyed this post. When you said “Can you imagine the fiery passion of the love God has for you,” I got so excited! Wow. That’s a great thought, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing!

  3. Pastor Sherry says

    This whole post is wonderful, but I so love your illustration about being caught in the eddy. Life certainly seems like that sometimes, when we wonder why things aren’t moving as we wish they would. But be it an eddy or the wilderness, God has not stopped working on us. As you said, He’s smoothing out our rough edges and preparing us for whatever lies ahead. And when He’s through we will be more like Him than before. Awesome God!

    • Jeannie Pallett says

      Sherry, so glad you stopped by to share your thoughts. The more I think on the eddy, the greater my excitement as I contemplate the smoothing the waters bring to my rough edges. Yes! He is Awesome in His greatness! May you continue to be blessed as you follow His direction for your life.

  4. mary gemmill says

    vs 97-104 in this post…

    LOVED and related totally to this Jeannie: Climb up on your Father’s lap and ask Him to give you eyes to see your circumstances from His perspective. Open your heart to Him, trust Him fully and know He is perfecting and polishing you, tumbling you as a stone in the river. He holds you in His hand smooth and polished.

    I will do that….excellent advice.

  5. Mary Gemmill says

    I love this river analogy and have often used it in spiritual directions sessions.

    This comment made my heart leap for joy for YOU Jeannie about what is coming up next for you:
    He also let me know in His way, that He is getting ready to swoosh me out of the eddy’s swirling and shoot me down the river.
    You shall go out with JOY and be led forth with PEACE.
    He has gone before to prepare a place for you.
    Exceeding JOY up ahead Jeannie…I feel an excitement in my spirit about what God has for you soon!

    • Jeannie Pallett says

      Such a blessing your comment is to me Mary. Yes, I can sense that same excitement when I read those words…another reason why it is good to remind ourselves of what the Lord has spoken to us! Thank You Jesus!




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