Water is powerful in so many ways. Even the smallest amount can erode the surface of a rock over time, or cut a path through dirt in no time. Standing on my favorite bridge today I noticed some new things about rivers. Isn't it amazing how analogous rivers, water (and what is floating on them) are to people and the experiences we have?
Observation 1: A little leaf was riding along the current, and even though ripples kept coming at it from the shore, it sailed right through the ripples because the current was stronger.
Observation 2: This river has a beautiful shape to it because of what is underneath the water. Rocks, sticks and logs on the river bottom and along the shoreline make the water dip, curve and rise up in waves. The water doesn't care what is in the river. It always finds a way to go around things. It literally goes with the flow.
Observation 3: The water in this river is super clean. Supposedly fishermen come from all over the world to fish in this river, the Provo River. The water comes from nearby mountains that are deep with snow in the winter. And some snow remains in the shady spots well into late summer. All of this melting snow percolates and filters down through dirt, rocks and gravel bubbling out pristine through springs that feed this river. Clean water quenches thirst.
What have you learned from rivers? Do you have any favorite songs, poems or scriptures that remind you about rivers, water, or more precisely, living water? It's something for me to think about today.