“Rivers must have been the guides which conducted the footsteps of the first travelers. They are the constant lure, when they flow by our doors, to distant enterprise and adventure, and, by a natural impulse, the dwellers on their banks will at length accompany their currents to the lowlands of the globe, or explore at their invitation the interior of continents. They are the natural highways of all nations, not only leveling the ground, and removing obstacles from the path of the traveler, quenching his thirst, and bearing him on their bosoms, but conducting him through the most interesting scenery, the most populous portions of the globe and where the animal and vegetable kingdoms attain their greatest perfection.” -Thoreau (1849)
This season has been unseasonably dry with unusually low rainfall for our area.
Walking and talking with God, I was lamenting the dry barren places where once
gurgled and babbled rolling streams and creeks. Earlier this year, we had record snows, spring and early heavy rainfall yet where did all the water go? God answered while I was yet speaking…while I was typing this rhetorical question to a friend, He gave me the words “it is underground” – at the same time, my friend was typing the words “it is hiding.” Hear what the Lord says: the water is in the ground, the hearts of stone that need this inner work to be transformed into hearts that beat fully and pour out His love like geysers in great bursts to cover the earth with the knowledge of Him.
Like Queen Esther whose name had a hidden meaning, whose very identity was hidden, whose Book in the Bible illustrates the love of God for His children yet His name is hidden, silently at work.
There is coming a time when all will be revealed and our faith turned to sight.
Everything will be out in the open and that is where the real value is revealed.
If your devotion in the daily lessons has been to worship God, you will come into His purpose for you. If you are not valuing Him in your life now, you will find yourself to be of no value in that day. That which is not fit, fully exercised in faith in the daily grind, will find itself not only unfit but a stumbling block and hindrance to others.
Like David, before he could be king, was proven in the field as he watched over the flock. In the storms of life, when he was running for his life. In those day to day moments, God was training him to war, to rule and to reign in righteousness, peace and joy by the Holy Spirit.
“Walden is a perfect forest mirror, set round with stones as precious to my eye as if fewer or rarer. Nothing so fair, so pure, and at the same time so large, as a lake, perchance, lies on the surface of the earth. . . It is a mirror which no stone can crack, whose quicksilver will never wear off, whose gilding Nature continually repairs; no storms, no dust, can dim its surface ever fresh; a mirror in which all impurity presented to it sinks, swept and dusted by the sun’s hazy brush. . .” -Thoreau (1854)