Then little white caps in the middle of the flow caught my eye.
Something was causing a disturbance.
There! The water nearest the shore I was standing on was moving in the opposite direction of the water by the far shore.
Surprisingly, the water was moving up stream and down stream.
At the same time!
The result was an area of turbulence.
"It's called an eddy" the property owner explained.
A river eddy is a current of water that moves contrary to the direction of the main current and can, at times, be churning and violent.
As the weekend progressed, I found myself drawn to watching the swirling waters, pondering the co-existence of opposing currents, not sure how it was possible.
A little research shed light on the mystery. Eddy's are generally caused by an obstruction under the surface such as a boulder-sized rock. It can also occur when the floor of the river bed experiences a chasm created by a steep drop.
The obstacle blocks the forward flow of the water and causes it to change its course around the area of the object. In the same way, the drop in the river bed can cause water to swirl and change direction. The result is obvious turbulence above the surface.
But sometimes, unforeseen things catch us off guard.
A life circumstance.
And suddenly we feel as though we've been knocked off our feet and sucked into deep waters.
We feel threatened by the hard, jagged, immovable circumstance just under the surface that we never saw coming.
We are tempted, like the river, to change course. To rush in the opposite direction.
But when we fight God's flow in our lives, the result is an eddy. Swirling waters ultimately going nowhere.
God's Word tells us that He never changes.
Malachi 3:6a says "I the Lord do not change."
Hebrews 13:8 states "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."
So we know that the banks of love remain steadfast. And we know that the guidance of His Spirit doesn't switch mid-stream.
He. does. not. change.
An eddy is created because we have chosen to go another way.
Here me correctly. Those under the surface obstacles and chasms...those trials in life...they will happen regardless. Jesus warned "In this world you will have trouble". But He also encouraged "Take heart! I have overcome the world." However, our reaction to those potential flow-changers is totally our choice.
Are you caught in an eddy today?
There is a way out. John 15:4 says "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me."
Let go of the temptation to let circumstances guide where you go. Abide in His will and He will carry you over the rocks, past the chasms, all in the flow of His love.