When I was a baby, my father and 13 year old brother were swept away and killed in the Vermilion River while on a fishing trip. They were strong swimmers and familiar with the river, but were no match against its powerful currents.
But, watching first hand the devastation of the mighty Cedar River this week in Cedar Rapids, I am again overwhelmed by the river's power and magnitude. They have a saying here in Iowa, "The river goes where the river wants to go." This week, the river wanted to go through the downtown area of Cedar Rapids, the Czech village, neighborhoods, businesses, and schools, wiping out all that was in its path, flooding 1,200 city blocks and displacing 26,000 people from their homes. It leaves residents here confused, saddened, exhausted, and angry.
The catastrophic flooding here reminded me of Isaiah 66:12.
"For this is what the LORD says:
"I will extend peace to her (God's people) like a RIVER, and the
wealth of nations like a flooding stream..."
I can understand the part of the verse of God's overflowing, "flooding" blessing, but peace like a river? My experience this week has been a river being anything but peaceful. What does God mean in this verse?
The river "had a mind of its own."
His peace is like a river.
"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is staid on
You, because he trusts in You."- Isaiah 26:3.