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The Little River

Once upon a time there was a little river that said, "I can become a big river." It worked hard to get big, but in the process, encountered a huge rock.  "I won't let this rock stop me," the river said.  And the little river pushed and pushed until it finally made its way around the rock.

Next the river encountered a mountain.  "I won't let this mountain stop me," the river said.  And the little river pushed and pushed until it finally carved a canyon through the mountain.

Next the river came to an enormous forest.  "I won't let all these trees stop me," the river said.  And the river pushed and pushed until it finally made its way through the forest.

The river, now large and powerful, finally arrived at the edge of a vast desert.  "I won't let this desert stop me," the river said.  But as the river pushed and pushed its way across the desert, the hot sand began soaking up its water until only a few puddles remained.  The river was quiet.

Then the river heard a voice from above.  "My child, stop pushing.  It's time to surrender.  Let me lift you up.  Let me take over."

The river said, "Here I am."

The sun then lifted the river up and turned it into a huge cloud.  And the wind carried the river across the desert and let it rain down on the hills and valleys of the faraway fields, making them fruitful and rich.

Ambition and determination are wonderful attributes, but, apart from God, they won't get you very far.  When you're young or when things are going your way, you tend to feel invincible.  You think you can accomplish almost anything on your own.  Who needs God?

But what will you do when you get to the desert? There's one up ahead, you know.  There will come a time when the heat will be intense, and you won't know what to do.  You won't have the strength or lose the resources to make it through.  Your desert may contain failure, rejection, disappointment, or loss.  What will you do then? When your desert comes, you will not literally hear the voice of God saying, "It's time to surrender." But be assured that is the message He gives you right now in His word.  He wants to lift you up and make you fruitful for Him in ways you never imagined.  Will you let Him?

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward