Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Song of Songs 30 Day Retreat: Day 27

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (Day 27)

Many waters cannot quench love,
    neither can floods drown it. SS 8:7

Included in my circuit as a nurse in Papua New Guinea were a cluster of villages on the opposite bank of the West Sepik. The locals avoided crossing the river during the wild wet season. 

To ensure the children received their immunizations before being cut off, our team of health workers scheduled a visit just as the dry season came to a close.

Unfortunately the weather turned while we were on the wrong side of the river. At the river's edge a decision had to be made. The footbridge had snapped beneath the weight of the raging foam. The only way to cross was to form a human chain.

Should we risk it? The alternative was to remain in the village for an unpredictable number of weeks. Without adequate supplies, this was a big ask. Especially for a non-Papuan such as myself. It was a calculated risk. The guides knew the river well and when they decided to cross I had no option but to place my trust in them.

I am no thrill seeker and this was the scariest experience of my life. The depth of that river almost touched my nose, and it spanned a fair distance. Clearly I survived. 

The Lover declare His love is stronger than the wildest of rivers. 

When we are faced with difficult decisions or new ventures, do we trust that He will take us by the hand and make that crossing with us?

Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you. 
Listen for God's voice in the stillness. 
Pray for God's blessing upon you.