Sunday, May 10, 2009

Down by the Riverside

13And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together.
Acts 16:13, English Standard Version

Down by the Riverside

As the news of the Gospel spread and the church began to grow, how did a visitor find other believers? There were no telephones, and no yellow pages to direct visitors to the church in that city. As Paul was on his way to Rome as a prisoner, when the ship was in harbor, Paul would go down by the riverside to search for believers in Christ, as it was customary for the new believers in Christ to meet down by the riverside to pray.

My sister lives on the shores of the Lake of the Ozarks where a dam was built on the Missouri River and the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks resulted. I love to sit down on their boat dock, especially early in the morning when the lake is more likely to be placid. What a wonderful place to meditate and pray; it seems like it is just God and me!

Why is it that we always feel closer to God when we are surrounded by the beauty of the world God has created? Even though the world, including nature, has been contaminated by sin, God's grace and light continually shines forth in the beauty of His creation.

I really encourage you to take the opportunity to go someplace quiet and restful in the middle of God's creation, whether it be in the mountains, in the forests, among the flowers and trees, or down by the riverside, and reflect upon your relationship with Christ. Take some time to just sit their and meditate on the Lord and pray.

As a matter of fact, wherever you live, try to find a quiet place today where you may communicate with the Lord God. Even if it is not down by the riverside, find a quiet place to reflect upon the God you serve and all of His glorious attributes.

God Bless You,

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