Crossing the River


We are like people who are crossing a rushing river. We can’t see the other side, but we know we need to get there. In front of us, in the water, is a line of stones. We step from stone to stone on our quest to get to the other side. Sometimes we’re fearful and we don’t want to take the next step. Sometimes our feet get wet either from slipping off a stone or just simply from the rushing water’s force and current. Slowly we progress from stone to stone. We slip and slide, but we make it. The best way to reach the next stone is by taking God’s hand. He gently helps and leads us as any good parent would help their child take those first few steps. Sometimes we let God help; sometimes we don’t.[i]

Loss can paralyze us in the journey across the river. The unknown is a scary place. Though you want to go back and change the past, you can’t. An organizational whim at the office, the loss of a loved one, or a disrupted relationship has devastated you. You are stuck and the water (circumstances, ego, financial pressure, the economy, etc.) threatens to engulf you.

You desperately cling to each rock before you have the faith and trust to move to the next one. You may try to jump ahead a couple of stones and fall off into the water. The path changes without warning. It’s cold, wet, and uncomfortable; and you cannot clearly see what’s ahead. You don’t know the way. Your faith is tested and all you can do is cry out for help.

Trust gets us moving again. Only God knows the twists and turns of our lives and when any of us will ultimately arrive on the other side. Deep and strong trust in Him is what keeps us going.

We need help and perspective. Recovery is not as easy as sending out a few resumes or receiving well-intentioned sympathy cards.

God says, “Hold on. I will show you the path. I will enlarge it and keep your feet from slipping. Just trust Me.”

The first thing we need to do is to take Him at His word. Grab His hand and do not let go. Completely trust the Creator of the Universe for every step, every direction, and every minute of each day.

Wayne Hastings latest book, The Way Back From Loss is now available for pre-order from Amazon.

[i] Story shared by my friend, Pastor Ron Salsbury, New Life Church, Pismo Beach, CA


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