God Is A River

I was reminded of this song as I was having a conversation with a dear friend today.  A few years ago, an  acquaintance mailed this song to me on a CD.  She’s really only a Facebook friend, but somehow she sensed I needed encouragement.

I had never heard of Peter Mayer before even though he’s a local singer, and, I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of folk music.  That being said, I love this song.  I could listen to it over and over again.  Mayer’s execution is so emotional and full of depth and gentleness.  It brings me to tears almost every time I hear it.

Fortunately, I was able to find a recording on the ever popular Youtube! Perhaps someone needs a little encouragement out there, or perhaps you just might like this song.  In any case, I’ll share this song with you as it was shared with me.

In the ever-shifting water of the river of this life
I was swimming, seeking comfort; I was wrestling waves to find
A boulder I could cling to, a stone to hold me fast
Where I might let the fretful water of this river ‘round me pass

And so I found an anchor, a blessed resting place
A trusty rock I called my savior, for there I would be safe
From the river and its dangers, and I proclaimed my rock divine
And I prayed to it “protect me” and the rock replied

CHORUS:
God is a river, not just a stone
God is a wild, raging rapids
And a slow, meandering flow
God is a deep and narrow passage
And a peaceful, sandy shoal
God is the river, swimmer
So let go

Still I clung to my rock tightly with conviction in my arms
Never looking at the stream to keep my mind from thoughts of harm
But the river kept on coming, kept on tugging at my legs
Till at last my fingers faltered, and I was swept away

So I’m going with the flow now, these relentless twists and bends
Acclimating to the motion, and a sense of being led
And this river’s like my body now, it carries me along
Through the ever-changing scenes and by the rocks that sing this song

CHORUS:

God is the river, swimmer
So let go

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