Having spent a wonderful week in the Austrian Tyrol a month ago we did our fair share of walking. The views were stunning as we walked along well worn mountain trails which took us to bird's eye views over where we were staying in Lech, a beautiful little town nestled in a mountain surrounded valley.
Most of the days we were there we enjoyed good weather and it only rained in the night, which was a gracious answer to prayer. We had only one week there so it meant a lot to us to enjoy good weather. On one of those days when we thought we would take it easy we chose to follow the river upstream and see where it led to.
This was probably one of my favourite walks and we stopped many times just to view the never ending flow of fresh beautiful water. Every part of it was constantly moving as its source was out of sight way up in the mountains where perhaps a slowly melting glacier fed into it day after day.
To me it was so very beautiful, so vibrant and fresh. Even the very sound of it was music to my ears!
Isn't this a picture of what a Christian life ought to be? The life that every child of God is given comes from a source we cannot see. It comes from God Himself. This is a life that is forever moving, fresh, vibrant and even beautiful if we allow God to make it that way. This is just the way the life of those who are following Him closely is meant to be.
We could all make an attempt to spice up our lives. We can keep fit, we can learn some new thing, or take up a hobby. We can attempt to change our attitude towards others or even towards God; like go to church, read our Bible and pray more. But without the Living God who is the source of life in the very centre of yours, all these things will be a waste of effort.
|Jesus said: "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10: 10. Which means that He is the only One who can give a life that has real meaning and purpose.
It is all too easy to become a little used to our life as a Christian and let things slip. We too can become stagnant and stale if we are not moving. Let us remember the source of our lives is the beloved One who said: "whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4: 14
Think of the river as an illustration of what God has intended for His people. This is one of the most important things He intends for you to know if at this moment of time you find yourself outside of His family. Any effort on your part to get right with God will be futile because He has already done all that is necessary for you to be found in His favour. His work was a work of tremendous value as He spared not His Only begotten Son to go to the cross to pay for the debt we all owe to Him on account of our sin. There on the cross He died as our substitute so you and I can have the assurance of a home in heaven and perfect peace with God. It requires true repentance and full trust on your part and God will do the rest.
Remember the river gets its life from a source we cannot see but it also gives life and freshness as it passes through. Those of us who are God's children can also be that type of person and bring blessing from heavenly places to a thirsty world around us. The Lord alone knows just how many truly thirsty people there are around us.