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Life’s Raging Waters

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” – Isaiah 43:2a

Last month I had the opportunity to travel to Brazil to visit a good friend. While I was there, we took a day trip to see Iguazu Falls. Iguazu Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and consists of 275 waterfalls over a stretch of roughly 1.7 miles. It’s an amazing site to behold!

After walking along the path to view all of the amazing falls from the Brazilian side of the Iguazu River, we made our way back to the bus stop to start our journey home. From the bus stop, we could see several miles upstream where the water is calm. As we were waiting for the bus, I spotted a leaf floating along the quiet part of the river — floating along with no idea of what its journey held just 50 yards away.

Life is often much like this leaf’s journey. We move through our days in relative peace checking items off our to-do list, raising our kids, studying for exams, feeding our families, or driving carpool. Within moments our lives are interrupted by unexpected circumstances, and we feel like the rushing waters will overtake us. Many of my friends have recently experienced this abrupt change in circumstances. A 15-year old killed in a car accident after enjoying a weekend with his family, a pre-teen son dead after being diagnosed with Leukemia two weeks earlier, a young lady awakens to blurred vision and discovers that she has a fatal brain tumor, a husband on the verge of retirement fired from his job — the list goes on and on.

These circumstances often prompt us to ask many questions about God, ourself and life in general — Why? Where are you? What are you trying to teach me? Is this necessary? What have I done?

As I watched that leaf float along, I was struck by the fact that the water was the source of its movement. In our life, God carries us along. Regardless of the circumstances, he is the very source of our life. Not only is he our source of life, he has promised to never leave us or forsake us. As God stated to Israel in Isaiah 43, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers,? they will not sweep over you.” In the midst of the raging rapids, it is easy to forget his promise to us. Thankfully he is faithful regardless of our emotional state in the midst of difficult circumstances. It’s likely all of us will face raging waters at some point in life, but we can rest in the fact that he is with us, he is for us, and he will carry us through.

Donna Downs

About the Author

Donna started working with the Lifetime board and staff in the fall of 2010 as they were redefining the mission and vision for the ministry. In May 2011, Donna assumed a permanent role and joined the Lifetime team as Executive Director. In this role, Donna provides leadership and direction for the team as they execute the vision that God has given for Lifetime.