Where are you on the “River of Life?”

The River of Life

When my husband and I visited Minnesota many years ago, we went to see the beginning of the Mississippi River. I remember jumping across it. I wanted to be able to say, “I crossed the mighty Mississippi with a single bound!” It was just a tiny little trickle of water – who would ever guess that the Mighty Mississippi, which begins as a tiny brook and 2350 miles later and empties into the Gulf of Mexico, would be 5 inches wide at it’s beginning?

“Along the way it acts as a watershed for over 1.2 million square miles and includes tributary rivers from 32 states and two Canadian provinces. The Ojibway Indians of northern Minnesota called it “Messipi” or “Big River,” and it was also known as the “Mee-zee-see-bee” or the “Father of Waters.”

Another great river – the Columbia, drains a 259,000-square-mile basin that includes territory in seven states (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah) and one Canadian province.

It flows for 1,243 miles, from two lakes that lie near the Canadian Continental Divide, to the Pacific Ocean between Washington and Oregon.

You must know that there are miles and miles of tiny streams, brooks and tributaries all flowing in to one great body of water.

Believers are like that!  We are all in the water, but we are NOT all at the same place at the same time.  A new Believer starts like a tiny stream and the further and faster it goes, the bigger it gets! A person who has been a Believer for many, many years is way further “down river”.

You can’t expect someone only a year old in the Lord to have the knowledge and understanding that a 30 year Believer has.  We must learn to be patient with those we minister to and try not to push them or make them uncomfortable with the way their “walk” is going. We need to pray for them and be a gentle guide, not a “stern taskmaster”. After all, look what G-d has had to put up with in the way we are growing! Sometimes it seems like one step forward and two steps back. But with His love and our love and knowing that “love covers a multitude of sins” we (Believers) will all end up in G-d’s great ocean called the Olam Haba – the World to come!
See you next time!
Shalom, Sharaka

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