Grand Canyon, Arizona -- Somewhere in the western Rocky Mountains of Colorado, a small stream flows westward down the slopes. The waterway picks up speed and widens as it nears Grand Junction.
Maintaining a westward direction, the small river rushes merrily through Moab, Utah and starts a descent that takes it through Canyonlands National Park and on to the southwest, where it deepens and widens and cuts its way through rock to the place now known as Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Further on, the waters of this majestic river join the flow from the San Juan River, and together they back up and form Lake Powell. At Page, the river spills through Glen Canyon Dam on its way to -- and through - the Grand Canyon. If you continue down the river, you'll go past Lake Mead, Lake Havasu City, and end up in the Gulf of California.
That small stream, which gains enough power to cut through solid rock on its way to the ocean, is the Colorado River. It is a marvelous work of nature.
The flow of a river is a wonderful thing. It brings life to barren wastelands and green prairies alike. Rivers act as highways across the continent. Major cities have been built on rivers. Rivers provide electricity and drinking water and recreation for millions of Americans.
Rivers, simply put, are a very necessary part of life.
The Bible says that when someone believes on Jesus out of his (or her) belly will flow rivers of living water. So, what's really flowing from the believer's belly?
That river is the Holy Spirit. And as that river flows we are lead by God and we are able to lead others and instruct others in the ways of the Kingdom.
It's a river that takes us somewhere. Many times the flow of the river takes us through narrow, treacherous passages. The flow may lead us to unknown places -- emotionally and spiritually -- where we are not comfortable. Frankly, some of us may not be too happy with where the river has taken us thus far, but keep following that river.
And pray that God will continue to let the river flow!