Posted by: cindybythesea | May 3, 2014

Caught in the Current

The weather is finally warming up here in Northern New Mexico and I had the opportunity to go out walking along the river yesterday afternoon. How different things looked from the last time I was down there just a few weeks ago. Tangled barren branches now sporting new green leaves.  Grass growing thick and wild along the river bank. People out walking, jogging, riding bikes and pushing baby prams.

I have a favorite spot where the water spills over some rocks creating a mini rapids of sorts. I sat for a while yesterday watching a trio of ducks and a piece of wood that was caught up in the fast-moving water. It made an interesting contrast and brought several thoughts to mind as I watched.  The wood  circling round and round in a never-ending cycle –  bobbing into the current and back out again – unable to release itself permanently from the currents strong grasp – this in contrast to the ducks, who smart enough to stay out of the faster moving water paddled freely and placidly about.

It occurred to me as I watched from my position along the  bank how like that piece of  wood I often am. They don’t call it drift wood for nothing. Without arms to swim or feet to paddle, the wood is completely at the mercy of the current. And without a change in water speed or depth, the wood would continue in that same cycle perhaps forever – or until the summer runoff subsides and the water level drops leaving the wood exactly where it was but this time stuck – stuck in the mud and going nowhere.

As I was doing my Bible reading this morning, I thought of these words from the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 3:17  –

 “…. where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom”. 

Yes, freedom!  And, as trite as that may sound it is exactly true.  For in and of ourselves, we are powerless to change much about our lives and the situations we find ourselves in. We can try this and try that but, it is only by God that we will find permanent release and change that will last. A thought I hope that will stay with me the next time I find my self “caught in the current” of life.  Less reliance on me and more on the one who has the power to effect a permanent change – after all, it is he who controls the water does he not?

I love how God speaks to us through the simple things, don’t you? It has made a difference in my day today – I hope it has in yours.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy




  1. Thank You Cindy !

    Just what we needed this morning, He only can help us !

    The Lord Bless You !

    Rich & Joyce

  2. A big Amen!

  3. Some of my best moments are doing things just like this. Being in the world, but not of it is a lot like what you have described.
    Being able to swim and think allows the ducks to enjoy being able to stay out of the current.

    Because of Christ and being part of His everlasting kingdom, I do not have to stay in the current (events).

    The piece of wood is powerless to do anything but drift.

    It is a lot like the plight of not knowing, or rejecting Christ/Word. Adrift in a world of sin just being brought along by circumstances with no ability to choose otherwise.

    Ephesians 4:

    13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

    14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

    15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

  4. Don’t need to post this but just wondering if you ever heard of Dennis Cole and his wife. They run a ministry in Albuquerque called Dramatic Christian Ministries. Here is a link to their website
    They can also be found on YouTube. Great people. A brother in Christ. Carl

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