Story by George Prins
Have you ever seen Niagara Falls lately? Guess what? It’s still running. Many a person has wondered where all this water comes from.
In early spring, Niagara Falls is quite awesome as the heavy winter ice starts to break up. Did you know that last year the ice in the gorge was the thickest that it has ever been– up to 30 feet thick? This ice forms an ice bridge that people can actually walk on to the other shore, not that I’d like to do that.
That’s like our lives at times. God’s Spirit comes rushing over the falls, breaking up some of the bitterness present, old habits, old thoughts lingering. He wants to flush them out of our lives and perhaps unrepentant hearts so He can work again.
Sometimes we like that ice bridge in our lives because it anchors and solidifies us to our past or our traditions. But many times God wants us to move on and seek a new dimension, something that we may have never experienced before. And that can hurt. The ice likes to stay around but the warmer water eats it away. The ice heaves, buckles, and is hurled down the river bed, leaving a clean slate for God to work with. Maybe some scars remain, but God wants a clean river bed to work with. It’s the Spring season that can make the flowers grow, the trees bud and blossom.
Further downstream is the whirlpool. Here you’ll see water and debris go around and around, always moving in a circular, counterclockwise direction. Floating objects can stay there for weeks, constantly orbiting in a mindless direction.
We can have the same motion in our own lives. Our excuses could be that we were born that way, we were brought up that way, or it’s too hard to change our circumstances. Little do we know that if we allow God’s Spirit to prod us out of our giant whirlpool of life, take a tangent, our situation could improve. Maybe we might have to take a little hectic ride down the rapids through the narrows where the river is less than 200 feet wide called the Devil’s Hole Rapids. It just below Niagara Glen but wow, we can see a whole new part of God’s creation.
Jeremiah 29:11 says it all. ” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and will bring you back from captivity.’ ” Jeremiah is talking to the Israelites and telling them they will be coming back from exile to the Promised Land.
I believe he is also talking to us, giving us hope when we may feel that our lives are in a mindless orbit with lots of garbage and debris floating beside us. If we but ask God to get us out of the whirlpool that we are entangled in and get us into the channel of grace that is just down the river, wow, the scenery could really change. Get the picture? We might have to seek repentance, ask for forgiveness, allow some bitterness in our lives to be dissolved, or go to someone who you have wronged or has wronged you. In other words, get that slate clean so that God can begin a new work within you.
Have you ever seen Niagara Falls lately? It’s still running over. That’s like God’s power– it’s unlimited. It just keeps on a-comin’. It never dries up. And God’s power is probably more constant, still running over. His Spirit can enter our lives and make us a new creation for His Glory! Can’t beat that aye?
It’s our prayer that we can somehow get down that river of life so that one day we can see God’s glorious redemption, only found in our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Psalm 29:3, “The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders, the Lord, upon many waters.”