So yesterday I’m driving home reminiscing about last week’s rafting trip when it hits me…
Like the Ocoee, there are many out there locked into flow riding the rhythms of life.
Steadfast. Persistent. Always on the move.
Yet, while on the outside, they seem to be getting somewhere…abiding within a certain fluidity, on the inside, they are trapped…unable to slow down…and dampened by what the current is hiding.
So I pressed in. Lord, what are you trying to tell me? And he said, ‘Cam, behind every responsibly managed white-water river, there’s a dam irrigating its flow. Each year, the river flows in season and is then drained for maintenance. Yet, even when there’s no water, the river is still a river. For man may define a river by how much water it holds, but I define a river by the fact I’ve created it to do so. After all, if I am that I am, I am that I dam.’
Flash-forward to today and I’m still processing this; honestly, who knows when I’ll be done.
For now, I just want to offer encouragement to those resonating with this word picture.
‘Cause though you may feel the best of you…the core of who you are is buried deep under what you can’t control, a time is coming when the Lord will fill you up by drying you up*, establishing a new surface where hidden treasure can be exposed.
All those diamond rings…Rolexes…iPhones…GoPros…all those things you’d thought you’d never see again…will not only be returning to you, but restored and experienced with those around you.
Granted, it may not be easy adapting to a lower level of flow; then again, we weren’t made to be filled at all times, but to pour out** strength, encouragement, and comfort (1 Corinthians 14:3) as the Spirit leads.
So I charge you: take heart and take hope. You may feel burdened by what is concealed today, but you will be at peace by what is revealed tomorrow.
In the meantime, trust God to know not only what is best for you, but the season in which that is to be made known.
Whoever you are…you got this…
* I know…sounds weird at first, but again, God as your Dammer, this lines up to who He is
** Which implies a lowering of water level anyway
Photo creds: Panoramio