He brought me back to the gate of the temple, and I saw a spring of water issuing from under the terrace of the temple towards the east; for the temple faced east. The water was running down along the right side, to the south of the alter. He took me out through the northern gate and brought me round by an outside path to the eastern gate of the court, and water was trickling from the right side.When the man went out eastwards he had a line in his hand. He measured a thousand cubits and made me walk through the water; it came up to my knees. He measured another thousand and made me walk through the water; it was up to my waist. Another thousand, and it was a torrent I could not cross, for the water had risen and was now deep enough to swim in; it had become a torrent that could not be crossed. ' Mark this, man', he said, and led me back to the bank of the torrent. Ezekiel 47 verses 1 to 6
How's that for a perfect description of life. Think about it, when you are young you can do anything, go anywhere, life is easy to navigate and crossing the river is just a matter of stepping across. Lets consider a cubit as a measure of time and experience and responsibility, baggage and age and distance from starting point. As the cubits add up things change, crossing to the other side becomes much more difficult, you actually have to do some wading and put a little effort into the move. Do you see where I'm going with this?
Of course you will eventually reach the point where the force of the flow will be too much for your diminishing strength and crossing to the other side will no longer be possible. This is where you begin to submit to the current and it sweeps you along whether you like it or not. One thing I know about river rafting is, if you try to work against the current you'll just land up exhausted. If, however, you allow the water flow to sweep you along through the channels in which it is used to flowing, there is a good chance you won't be dashed to pieces on the rocks on either side. Much more fun that way and you will enjoy the journey so much more, no struggle.
Those beautiful fruits on the other side of the river may no longer be attainable, but the fruit on this side is pretty cool too. Of course as the river widens it gets to the point where you can no longer see the fruits over there and they cease to entice you. You become content with what has grown out of all the things you've done in the past, the harvest of what you've sown, so to speak.
There is a lot more to this than meets the eye, you see Jesus walked on water, with him nothing is impossible and getting to those fruits that will nourish and heal you isn't really impossible. All it takes is getting out of the swamp you are in, and going to the river in faith with the sincere desire to be healed and nourished.
When we came back to the bank I saw a great number of trees on each side. He said to me, 'This water flows out to the region lying east, and down to the Arabah; at last it will reach that sea whose waters are foul, and they will be sweetened. When any one of the living creatures that swarm upon the earth comes where the torrent flows, it shall draw life from it. The fish shall be innumerable; for these waters come here so that the others may be sweetened, and where the torrent flows everything shall live. From En-gedi as far as En-eglaim fishermen shall stand on it's shores, for nets shall be spread there. Every kind of fish shall be there in shoals, like the fish of the Great Sea; but it's swamps and pools shall not have their waters sweetened but shall be left as salt pans. Beside the torrent on either bank all trees good for food shall spring up. Their leaves shall not wither, their fruit shall not cease; they shall bear early every month. For their water comes from the sanctuary; their fruit is for food and their foliage for enjoyment.' verses 7 to 12
Let the river of God sweep you along and sweeten your life. Put your trust in his son to whom he has granter all authority and everything will come back together again. That's how much God loves you, plenty.
Blessings flow from me to all of you, Geoff.