Poets, philosophers, and romantics have often likened life to a river that flows from the mountains to the sea. The river widens in some places and narrows in others. It ambles through pleasant valleys and plains. Tranquil spans give way to turbulent, frothy rapids that splash into sparkling, crystal pools. On and on its waters flow until they are swallowed up by the wide, open sea.
Just like the river, at every stage, whether restful or raging, the life that is placed in God’s hands and flows along the path of His choosing is beautiful. But what attracts the most tourists, photographers, artists, and the like? What inspires the most awe? The gentle and silent winding through the plain? No. It’s the majestic waterfall, where the river hurls itself in utter abandon into a deep, rock-strewn chasm. There, if you will look closely, somewhere in its mist is a rainbow.
We all appreciate the pleasant valleys and plains, and sometimes we wish we could stay there forever. But life flows on. God knows what lies around the next bend, and He will guide us through the narrow gorges, the white water rapids, and, yes, over the heart-stopping waterfalls. With your hand firmly in His, you can not only make it through the problems and perils of life, but thrill in the face of such challenges. This book tells you how.
When we feel we have nothing left to give
And we are sure that the song has ended,
When our day seems over and the shadows fall
And the darkness of night has descended,
Where can we go to find the strength
To valiantly keep on trying?
Where can we find that hand that will dry
The tears that the heart is crying?
There’s but one place to go and that is to God
And dropping all pretense and pride,
We can pour out our problems without restraint
And gain strength with Him at our side.
And together we stand at life’s crossroads
And view what we think is the end,
But God has a much bigger vision
And He tells us it’s only a bend.
For the road goes on and is smoother,
And the pause in the song is a rest,
And the part that’s unsung and unfinished
Is the sweetest and richest and best.
So rest and relax and grow stronger,
Let go and let God share your load.
Your work is not finished or ended;
You’ve just come to a bend in the road.
–Helen Steiner Rice