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The two opposing rivers of life that lead me home.

Posted by appolus on April 14, 2014

As I was walking tonight, I pondered my place in the river. Now, in Scotland, I grew in the shadow of the mighty River Clyde. It touched all of our lives. We lived by the estuary and it was probably four miles wide and tidal. It was teeming with life, we even saw whales in there every now again. Glasgow, at the head of the river was at one time the second largest city in the British empire and so many ships sailed up and down the river carrying goods to and from every corner of the globe. Almost all of the men of my home town, Greenock, worked in the ship-yards building some of the largest ships in the world. So you can see how this river helped to shape me growing up as it touched every aspect of our lives.raging river

And so in my writing and poetry I relate very well to rivers. Two rivers dominate my life as a Christian and they are polar opposites. One is the river of God and it has always been my goal to be fully abandoned to this river, not just ankle-deep nor knee nor waste but fully immersed in the river that flows from and too God. I have always wanted to be in the very midst of it where the current simply takes me where it will. The other river is the river of life. This I have always struggled with. It has always seemed to me that I am swimming up the river of life. It’s current flows in the opposite direction to my spirit. I think about the salmon. The tremendous journey it undertakes to come back to the point where it all began. The salmon is driven and overcomes every obstacle or dies trying as it returns to the place of its birth.

peaceful riverSo there to me is my dichotomy. In life I swim against the current and it can often times be exhausting and weary. It has been that way all of my life. I wonder if it will ever end but I know the answer. Like the salmon, the journey must be completed. I am driven by a force that draws me home, the hand of God. And yet there is a place in God where there is no effort at all and I am going down river in the current of the Holy Spirit. It is effortless and liberating and is a place of rest. I cannot separate these two rivers, one I feel in the flesh and the other I feel in the spirit. Yet I know this, they both lead me home. And whatever obstacle comes against me in an effort to stop me going further, deeper, closer to the source of life itself will be overcome or I will die in the process and even then I will be home. What comes by nature to the salmon, has come to me by way of the Spirit.

2 Responses to “The two opposing rivers of life that lead me home.”

  1. May Grace upon Grace be multiplied to you and your family today Brother! I want to praise God for the way that I can always understand and relate to your posts. I think we are the children of the same Father πŸ™‚ I haven’t read a thing that you have posted but that my spirit says Amen! “1Co 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”

    For many years I would describe myself as a leaf on a river, being pushed and pulled by every current, from one side of the river to the other. I was always being caught on logs or tree branches or just spinning, spinning, spinning in what seemed like endless circles having been caught is a whirlpool. I know now why I felt that way, and why that portion of my life was lived out like that leaf… I was being carried away by every wind of doctrine! Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
    But God did something awesome, he began growing me up, into the headship of Christ after a certain season had passed and my mind was renewed! /
    Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
    Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
    The whirlpool was the whirlpool ( cesspool) of sin that developed from walking in the vanity of my own mind and not growing up in HIM (Jesus).
    Oh brother, those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, those who pant after God like a deer pants after a brook, they WILL BE filled, they will find the stream that flows forth from the throne of God…Oh Hallelujah! My spirit is stirring within me now brother!
    There is another river brother…it’s the one in Psalms 23…the still waters and we will be led to and be made to lie down by it, so our souls will be restored!! πŸ™‚ It’s the peace that passes all understanding, the peace in the storm, it the peace that “God is working in us, giving us the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” It’s the river that calls out…” the good work God has begun in you, He will also finish!”

    After we run the race or like salmon, persevere and make the upstream journery, there is another river I am looking forward too, and I know you are too! Rev 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
    Rev 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
    Rev 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
    Rev 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
    Rev 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

    My eyes are filling with tears now brother for the joy of it all!!! Yet a little while brother, yet a little while and we shall know Him as we have been known!

    Thanks for this post, it really “stirred the pot” in me today! Let us be not weary in well doing brother, for there are only a few more passages in the stream that we must jump high to clear, and then, we will be home! What I hear from your post is this…………….” Swim Brother, Swim Sister Swim, Swim, Swim ” !!! πŸ™‚

    Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
    Eph 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

    Oh, buy the way, I am reading Ravenhill’s book title ” Why Revival Tarries”…and I can’t seem to get out of the book of Ephesians πŸ™‚ God is at work!!!

    • appolus said

      Yes indeed sister, kindred spirits journeying on to the same destination. Living in the kingdom of God with the same King, a Kingdom not of this world but of the next with heavenly Jerusalem as its city, the city of God. We have such a great cloud of witnesses that would cheer us on. Swim brother, swim sister, yes indeed. The beautiful river of life that flows from the throne, unto its own, and leads us ever back to where it all began, the heart of the Father…………………….bro Frank

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