Chris Farley, as motivational speaker Matt Foley, perfected the phrase,
“I’m living in a van down by the river.”
Perhaps you’ve considered a simpler life with a riverside van, or maybe not? Some rivers are deep while others are shallow, some run fast while others barely move. In the winter, some don’t move at all.
A Recent River
My wife and I spent a few days at a secluded cabin in the Texas Hill Country.
We made the five-hour drive, found the place and checked in. We were looking forward to getting to the cabin, which, as it turned out, required a bit more driving. Now here’s the odd part. The road suddenly ended and it ended in a river. There was a dirt road and then there wasn’t, just a river without a bridge and no way to cross. However, there was a sign indicating that we were to turn left, into the river. At the bottom of the sign was:
“Yes, you drive in the river!”
The river was shallow, slow, and the bottom easily seen, but still, driving into a river seemed wrong, but I finally did, the river bed became our road to the cabin!
Here is sign, of a sort, that the apostle Paul wrote:
“For we live by faith and not by sight.”
His message was clear: nothing eternal can be seen in this life. Nope, it’s by faith, by trusting in what our Father promised.
I read the sign, but my eyes were fixed on the water. The choice was obvious: trust the sign or sit there doing nothing.
It’s the same with God. The choice is obvious: trust his word or sit doing nothing. It’s a choice we make every day. It’s how we walk by faith.
“Yes, you drive in the river.”