To one who enjoys the out-of-doors, one of the greatest experiences possible is a trip on the Salmon River, Idaho’s famed “River of No Return” that runs from east to west across the state through a wilderness, through a canyon deeper than the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. This river runs so fast and through such a wilderness, you know when you start the trip that you are going all the way, no matter what! There can be no turning back. So for several days you ride the rapids, trusting completely in your boat and your guide, knowing that if these fail, all is lost; yet knowing with a certain sense of joy and wonder that the boat and the guide are trustworthy.
We cannot go back, but we can press on, with the living God as our helper in facing problems and overcoming them. We can live with a faith that will make good the days that are ahead. Life is a river of no return. Its destiny is always by some distant sea where we have never been and from which we will never return. There is always a restlessness; an eagerness to be on its way. There is really never any stopping for anything. As Christians, we should know that though there have been some interesting and exciting things on the upper reaches of the river, with God’s guidance there are greater things ahead downstream. We hear the rapids, we tighten the buckles on our life jackets, and we accept the challenge of the rapids with joy and hope. We see the bend in the river and the steep canyon walls. We do not look with fear. Like Abraham, we lift up our eyes to a distant land and go forth, not knowing the way, but knowing God has promised us the land.
from the book "By the River of No Return" by Don Ian Smith- rancher, teacher, preacher, pastor, river-rider!
(all pictures are of the Salmon River in Idaho and came from Google Images)