A Glory Seed Devotional
The River of the Spirit…
“God's love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks. How exquisite your love, O God! How eager we are to run under your wings, To eat our fill at the banquet you spread as you fill our tankards with Eden spring water. You're a fountain of cascading light, and you open our eyes to light.” (Psalms 36:5-9 MSG)
Beginning high on a snow capped mountain where the air is thin, where the sky and earth meet a small snowflake falls. Then there is another, then another, then another. Warmed by the sun the snow begins to melt and embarks on an arduous journey down the mountainside. Soon the resulting water begins cutting a small furrow into the solid rock as the forces of gravity pull them downward. Before long, the solid rock gives way to the power of erosion and soon the furrow becomes a small mountain stream.
As the stream of water flows, downward it is joined by rain and suddenly it begins teeming with life and the mountain stream begins to journey through rich forests of green trees filled with birds and animals of all shapes and sizes. Mysteriously it gives of it own essence to support the life of the forest. The stream does not stop soon it becomes a river built by movement of time and by the power of erosion. In its downward journey the river, flows through beautiful meadows filled with flowers and through fields filled with wheat, corn, beans, oats, and other food producing crops. Every place the river flows it provides nourishment for the flowers, for the meadows, and for the fields it is always moving never stopping.
Beginning high on God’s Mountain where the air is pure and the Creator resides, a microscopic drop of His Spirit falls on your journey. Then there is another drop, then another, then another. Relentlessly the pouring out of the Holy Spirit drops on your life and embarks on an arduous journey. As the magnitude of your struggles pull downward on your life, the droplets of the Spirit begin cutting a small pathway ahead of you. Before long, the microscopic droplets of the Holy Spirit are so numerous they can not be counted and as the past becomes the future, the small pathway becomes a mountain stream making a pathway from heaven to the places where you journey. Nourishing and bringing life to the desert places where you journey.
As the stream flows downward, the Holy Spirit grows with each experience. Suddenly it begins teeming with gifts, talents, faith, love, and hidden strengths. As the mountain stream journeys through the fertile fields of your life, through rough terrain, through dark tunnels, and through the desert places of life it mysteriously sustains you and forever keeps you linked with your Creator. Soon the stream becomes a river built by the movement of time and by the power of God. In its downward journey the River of the Spirit brings beauty and peace to your life. The erosion makes the rough edges of your journey smooth. Its purity cleans your sin-filled life. The journey of the river is the journey from God through your life and back to God.
Grace and PEACE!
GOD takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me.
I said to myself, "Relax and rest. GOD has showered you with blessings.
(Psalms 116:6-7 MSG)
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“Scriptures marked MSG have been taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.”