Day 149: Canoeing (May 29)

I guess I’ll be writing about water a lot this week.  Not intentionally, but these are the visions and words I’m receiving.

I saw myself out on the water in a canoe.

One of my favorite places on earth is the White River.  The only rival is the Buffalo River, where I used to go on canoe trips.  There is something so calming about being out on the water.  The sounds of the birds.  The sounds of either the motor of the boat, or the oars hitting and moving through the water.  There seems to be a balance found on the water.  Suddenly, people become equals and strangers become friends as you pass by each other.

The feeling of the sun beating down on your shoulders as you sit with a fishing pole in your hands.  Eating lunch in the boat or on the shore.

This is a magical place for me.

My soul longs for it.

I hear God every time I’m out on the river.  Nothing to distract my attention.  When I’m out on the river, life is paused, and I can fully re-connect with God.

Now I can see myself on the river again.  The wind is lightly blowing over my face, and I realize that wind is Holy Spirit.  He whispers to me.  Telling me secrets.  Filling my heart with relationship.  These are the moments that make life bearable.  Oh, how I long for the river.

Oh Lord, even when I can’t go to the river, take my spirit back to that place of connection and rest with You.  You are the River.  There’s nothing that sustains me better than those moments with You.

Your love is like a river.  Its waters soothe my soul.                                                                      Your love is like the river.  I love its steady flow.                                                                            Oh, your love is like a river.  The one I love to float.                                                                      Your love is like the river.  The one where I go.                                                                            You meet me on the river.  Each, and every time.                                                                          You speak to me on the river.  That I am Yours and You are mine.

Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.  Let the desert and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice.  Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops.  Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim His praise in the islands.  The Lord will march out like a mighty man, like a warrior He will stir up His zeal; with a shout He will raise the battle cry and will triumph over His enemies.                   Isaiah 42:10-13

You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your Presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.  Psalm 16:11