Got Any Rivers?

Got Any Rivers?

Life gets tough, sometimes. Things go wrong. We get frustrated. We feel we’ve lost control.

Ever felt like that? Maybe even thought about quitting, Giving up? Not just about writing . . . about anything we’re attempting to do, or want to do.

There’s a river to cross, giants to face, or a mountain to climb and we just don’t see any way to cope with any of them.

I’ve been experiencing some major obstacles over the past few weeks, and they’ve made me feel helpless . . . and hopeless. No way over, around or through them. Things like email issues; Internet problems; web hosting unreliability; computer program fails . . . you name it, I’ve faced it. And I’ve felt like breaking down into a crying jag, and crying my heart out. Not that it would help, or change anything.

Then, the other day, I came across the story of Joshua and the children of Israel at the flooded banks of the Jordan River. No way could they safely cross the raging rivers current. But God said to Joshua, Be strong and of good courage. (Joshua 1:6) Do not be afraid. And He told Joshua exactly what to do, and when the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant put their feet into the water, God backed up the river, and as long as the priests remained in the center of the Jordan, the children of Israel were able to cross on the dry riverbed.

Sound familiar? Sure, just like He parted the waters of the Red Sea so the Israelites could escape from Pharaoh as they fled from Egypt.

Again, back in the Book of Numbers, when Moses sent out the twelve men, each of the tribes of Israel, to spy out the land of Canaan, they came back with tales of giants and were afraid to enter because they felt overpowered and unable to fight those giants. But God told Moses  what to do, and the children of Israel entered the Promised Land, though without Moses, if you remember.

Oh, I’m no Moses or Joshua, but I’m sure facing my own giants, rivers and mountains, albeit on a much smaller scale. And I admit, there were times my frustrations were so huge and weighing me down, I neglected to seek God’s always ready help. I’ve failed to stop and listen for that ;still small voice’ – and realized that, without Him, I can do nothing. I am nothing.

Lord, I’m feeling discouraged today. I know You will see me through this time, but I ask that You will also give me Your clarity of thought, Your wisdom, and Your peace. Then I will be able to keep everything that is concerning me in Your perspective. Thanks You so much for caring for me so deeply that You never leave me alone. In Your name I pray. Amen

Peg Phifer About Peg Phifer

Multi-published author Peggy Blann Phifer writes a mixture of contemporary women’s fiction with three parts suspense, three parts mystery, and four parts romance, stirred up with a sprinkling of humor. Peg believes God has a sense of humor and that He intended to place laughter into our lives no matter our circumstances. Read more on her website.


  1. Thanks for this encouragement, Peg. So often I too forget to quiet myself and listen to the Lord’s voice. God bless!

  2. Thank you, Cynthia. I appreciate your comment. Blessings.

  3. Thanks for being real Peg We all have those rivers &giants God knows all about it

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