“Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14: 27b)
Raging rivers crash through rock-hewn gorges, racing, hurling themselves over boulders, thrashing down the mountain. Our young son once dubbed these rushing Colorado rivers “wild water”. It stuck. I can’t see water rushing, white spray gushing into the air without smiling. Wild water it is.
But today it’s a metaphor for my spirit. It’s restless; emotions threaten to explode - so much grief and fear, rolling, tumbling, gaining momentum on a relentless journey…but to where?
So I come to you, Lord, weeping. And I see the wild water.
A roaring, swollen river - tumbling over itself; gaining speed and debris it mocks the nearby banks. It has no choice. Melting snow pack, erosion, unprecedented rain, and countless streams dumping their burden into the racing river force it to become a victim of circumstances.
Life feels like wild water sometimes. Greater and bigger than anything we can tame.
But we are not a victim of circumstances.
He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world.
And He whispers: Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid. I will not leave you as orphans. I calmed the raging seas with a word. Trust me.
We can’t control external pressures: a child’s behaviors, the actions of others, a broken legal system, or a raging disease. But we’re not victims! We can mitigate the wild waters of life. God and His word offer hope, power, grace, and perspective.
Father, protect me as I rush, thrash and hurl down the mountain. Keep me within your boundaries. Help me not to flood my banks or hurt others on my journey. Thank you that you are greater than our circumstances. Teach me how to not let my heart be troubled or be afraid. I trust you.