Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Down by the River
A man decided that he would take a walk down to the river to contemplate life. He sat down on the bank of the river beneath a large oak tree. As he sat there twisting a long blade of grass between his fingers and deep in thought, a strong wind blew down upon the man and toppled him over onto his side. As quickly as the wind came it left. The man sat back up and brushed himself off. As he did this he heard a noise above him in the tree. It was the sound of crackling branches. He looked up and saw a figure sitting on one of the branches. He was startled. As he attempted to quickly get up from his sitting position he fell forward down the back toward the river. Catching himself before he fell in, he stood up.
Before he could say anything a voice came from the figure.
"Do not be afraid my son" said the voice.
"Who are you?" said the man.
"You know who I am" said the voice.
Without saying another word, the man did know who it was. It was God. God came down out of the tree and telling the man to sit down with him, they sat down on the bank of the river. Although the man could tell that God was there with him he could not focus enough to truly see God.
God asked the man what was wrong. The man told God about his problems. He talked about his job, his family, the things that made him sad, the things that made him mad, and the general frustrations of life. The man talked about how he didn't see him (meaning God) in his everyday life and how that scared him.
God listened intently to the man. After the man was done. There was a pause.
Then God spoke, "Life is like this river. There are ebbs and flows. Sometimes life will be smooth and easy and sometimes it will be rocky and filled with rapids. There are many hard times in life and although it may seem like I am not there with you or for you I am. Look for me in the people that are put into your life when you need them most. When there is darkness often my light is shone to you though people that I put in your way. People that might show up out of no where to be there for you when you need someone. Some times people have a tendency to pass right by me or think that I am not there for them by ignoring the people I put in their lives.
I use you in the same way. Aren't there times that you feel pulled to call someone or go see someone for no reason what so ever? Aren't there times in your job when you do something that you might not normally do that benefits someone else? Yes it may be a sudden short term situation where I put you into someone's life, or it might be for a long long time. Sometimes you will move in and out of people's lives as they need you.
I am with you always. Pay attention to those around you because you never know when I might be starring back at you through the eyes of another."
Upon these last words there was another rushing wind which again knocked the man over. When he righted himself and sat back up God was gone.
Or was he?