In the Bible, rivers are used to symbolize the Holy Spirit.
Through a season where I realized I don’t have what it takes to stand in times of adversities, the Lord showed me this river of Healing, that carries the richness of the provision borne by the Holy Spirit in us.
We hear sermons on bold faith, quiet trusting in seasons of mystery, waiting, patience, endurance so on and so forth. These attributes are seen in the heroes of the bible – Abraham’s faith, Joseph’s endurance in the pit, Daniel’s faithfulness, Joshua’s courage.
These individuals are known for their assets in the Lord due to which the Lord lift them up. But there are also individuals whom God exalted from the dust of the earth; The Gideon who was the least, Moses who was the stutterer, Peter who denied the Lord, Paul the murderer.
The Lord teaches us to wait, to hope, to persist. However, He also allows us to fall. We often perceive that standing displays a level of strength as opposed to falling displaying a sense of weakness. But the truth is that when you do allow yourself to be vulnerable and fall, you are trusting the streams of His river to carry and strengthen you for the journey ahead. If you remain standing because you feel that is what is expected of you, you are being deceived into perfecting things in the flesh.
He never despises the weak nor stays away from us when we got messy instead, He embraces us. He isn’t afraid or ashamed when we fall as most of us think. In fact, He loves it because when we fall we realize that there is nothing left of us to sustain us and we derive from the true source of strength.
All you are doing is clinging to an illusion of strength and not realizing that you are weakening minute by minute by standing on your own. Works cannot sustain what was given by grace. But when you realize that you can fall, you are trusting your life to a good Father knowing He will catch, replenish and fuel you back to your purpose.
John 12:24 says, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”
The truth is that each of us has to reach a point in our lives wherein we are willing to let go of ourselves, abandon our logical thought processes and die to the flesh in order to live as the tree whose leaves neither wither nor grow dry but producing fruit in every season.