The Te Waihou River walkway follows a river of intense blue and green water, so crystal clear you can see the trout in the bottom of the river.
Te Waihou means “new water” (“Wai” water, “Hou” new). So pure it doesn’t need treatment, it is the water supply for the local town of Putaruru, The water is also bottled and sold around NZ.
I walked the path gazing at the unbelievable clarity and colour of the river, glad that I had found the place.
He leads me beside the still waters. Psalm 23:2.
At the end of the path there is a memorial to a wife and mother who died young. Set in a circle of stones is a poem “Dust if you must.” It’s about what is important in life. The last verse speaks of returning to dust.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.
It echoes the curse that God was forced to pronounce on Adam; “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19
But there will come a day where there will be no more death, no more returning to dust. When the King returns.
Here’s a short video clip of the Te Waihou river walkway. Come travel along this beautiful river for 2 minutes.
The river reminds me of the new water that will flow from the throne of the King, a crystal clear river that appears and reappears in the Bible.
The prophet Zechariah wrote in that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name. In that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter. Zechariah 14.
In the book of Revelation we read the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, will flow from His throne down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river will stand the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. Revelation 22:1-2
The prophet Ezekial wrote the water gets progressively deeper every 457.2 meters, or 500 yards.
“Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.
And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees.
Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river. Ezekial 47:1-6
The water will flow toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea.
Right now, we have the Dead Sea at the lowest elevation on Earth, bordering Jordan to the east and Israel to the west. The land gets hardly any rain, due to the rain shadow effect of the Judean Hills. It’s one of the saltiest bodies of water on Earth. The water flows in from the Jordan river, but it doesn’t flow out.
Ezekial wrote that when it empties into the sea, the salty water there will become fresh. There will be a great number of trees on each side of the river, fruit trees of all kinds. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them.
Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Ezekiel 47:1-12
The river also speaks of the spirit of God. Jesus said “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”…
The river is there in the Kingdom, with all of it’s beauty, and all of it’s clarity, and it’s different depths. It will flow from the city where the King will have His throne.
And there will be no more death or crying, or laments about returning to dust.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4