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The River Of Our Lives

Sunday, November 11, 2012

In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams." Acts 2:17

I have a reoccurring dream. I am standing on a river bank looking at the other side. Before me a river flows. Sometimes the river is clear and sometimes it swirls and is indiscernible. Always there are stones and rocks. Some are large, and some are small. Some jut out of the water and some lay quietly letting the water rush over them.

I've had this dream often enough to know its not random. There is a message in it for me. I've taken time to reflect and meditate on its meaning. Because we are part of each other I'd like to share my thoughts with you.

The river bank I stand on is my life as it is now. The far bank are my hopes, dreams and goals. Between the two lays a series of challenges and adventures. The stones and rocks are the path provided to me reach the other side of the river.

Some of the stones are smooth and flat, easy to stand on. I feel comfortable when I stand on them. Other are a bit uneven. I have to concentrate to keep my balance and when I stand on them I never relax. They rock unpredictably. If I'm not careful I'll tumble into the river.

Sometimes I have to make a decision which way to step. The quickest route looks small and sharp. They dont offer much comfort. Veering to their right or left I see large flat stones that take me miles from my destination but offer security. Which path should I take?

Sometimes I have no alternative. I have to stand like a crane atop a set of small pointed stones, bite my lower lip and fight back my tears. As their points pierce my feet I look wildly for the next alternative, wondering if there will be more or less pain.

The dream tells me that life holds no permanence. At any given moment a strong current might knock me off a secure stone and into a raging river. It tells me that no matter how comfortable I become I have to keep adjusting to the changes my life presents me. Real suffering comes from expecting everything to remain just as it was or is.

This dream is not always comfortable. Sometimes it irritates and disturbs me when I wake up. Why cant I stand still and enjoy the breeze and the spray?

Choices, choices, choices - so many choices before me each moment I'm alive. Yes, some are fraught with peril but they create the river of my life.

"'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams."

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HLPRATT 11/13/2012 10:33AM

    I love to dream and often have very vivid ones. It's always great when they make sense to you. I really think they can help us with our journey if we can discern their meanings

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RACINGSLUG 11/13/2012 10:01AM

    Thank you for sharing this interesting dream. It's funny, when you first started talking about the rocks in the river, my immediate interpretation is that they were the obstacles in your path, not the stepping stones to success. But then I wonder... could they not be both? Isn't it facing challenges and overcoming obstacles that gets us from one point to another?

And yes, all things are impermanent - that's what my tattoo says, and it is there to remind me. This works both ways. It's true you could get thrown off course, but it's also true that, while off course, you could find your way again. We don't know what life has in store for us, I've been feeling so out of control of my life lately, but you are right, we can control what we put into our mouths. We have more control than we often realize.

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LYNMEINDERS 11/12/2012 3:41AM

    Brilliant John...and so true

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/11/2012 7:57PM

    I used to have a recurring dream until the dream actually happened to some extent. It did help me to move on and conquer my fears.

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REGILIEH 11/11/2012 5:18PM

    Dear, dear John!
I read this and I am in tears. How profound! I feel so blessed to have found you in my life in some way. I hope I don't sound weird or like a nut case because I am quite credible and have had unbelievable opportunities in my life. I served on the Federal Reserve board when Greenspan was the head. I owned my own company for 28 years with over 500 employees. I'm not tooting my own horn I just want you to know I am credible.

All that said, I just thank you so very much for this deep meaning blog. Thank you so much for sharing. I really think you should be a minister. God bless you and yours.

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CARTOONB 11/11/2012 2:04PM

    And if you make it to the other side, then what?

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MOTHER-NATURE 11/11/2012 1:29PM

    emoticon for sharing your dream, it has inspired me and I hope to be able to have dreams just like that .... It was a beautiful dream sparkfriend emoticon

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DEBRITA01 11/11/2012 12:11PM

    Good analogy and interpretation of your recurring dream. Life can be like a river with many choices...and they are ours to make.

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ANATASHIKI 11/11/2012 11:42AM

    nice dream and I'm glad you found the meaning for you . if I dreamed that I would have been floating on something on the river emoticon . or going high speed against the stream emoticon (I did dream that :D) . makes you wish you could fly to the other side emoticon . and why not? emoticon

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NASFKAB 11/11/2012 11:16AM

  inspiring thanks

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DOODIE59 11/11/2012 10:33AM

    Your river analogy is pretty clear:) Your mind is trying to straighten things out -- all part of the process of going forward. You are clearing the path to success. Keep on thinking, consciously and unconsciously.

In a small way, your blog reminded me of one I wrote way back near the beginning of my journey. It was called "Ugh! Not hurtling toward success:)" and spoke of being grateful for those stones in the river -- they are crucial to your success. How else to cross the river? My journey has wandered and wavered over the last two years, and I can say that I have veered far from the banks of the river in the WRONG direction several times ... but it is important to keep the far side of the river in your sights. That way lies the future. See you there!

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BLUEROSE73 11/11/2012 10:19AM

    wow. gives me something to think about. Thanks for sharing

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SHERIO5 11/11/2012 9:48AM

    I have had the same image in my dreams repeatedly...different interpretations on different days...thanks for sharing yours...the last time I dreamed of the water I woke wondering why I was fearful of getting wet?

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NEWMOM20121 11/11/2012 9:39AM

    Wonderful blog.

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HDHAWK 11/11/2012 9:34AM

    I think you've got it exactly right John! Very thought provoking.

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