This life a river, running fast

O’er my heart, a calloused stone.

Troubles seem like waters, vast

Rushing with the goal to hone.


Wake me up, let waters flow.

Move me so that I give in.

Use this river and do show

Where I stray and where I sin.


Mold my cold and stony heart

Into the shape you have it be.

I know pain will have a part

For my heart to be set free.


Put in me, o God, your heart.

Help me live with love inside.

Help me receive what you impart.

Help me put away my pride.


Your design, Jesus, for sure

Is what I want and what I seek.

So I stay, wait, and endure

Knowing waters will recede.

Ken, from the moment you stuck these words into your guitar-case and said you wanted to let your guitar get aquatinted with this poem, they were a perfect match!
Rebecca, I think it was your voice I heard, when I sat next to that river wrote these words! THANK YOU!!!
How gracious of a God who turns all our gifts into something for Himself!

For we are God’s handiwork,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do. 
Ephesians 2:10 

(Music: Ken Zik, Vocals: Rebecca Hron, Pictures and Words, Heidi Viars)


  1. wow, Heidi . . .I am hushed by this and how God put it all together. I just have to read it and listen again and again. I think He wants my heart to get acquainted with it like Ken wanted his guitar to. 🙂 Love and blessings and thanks for letting us read and listen to this special offering!


    • Debbie, your words are such an encouragement to me (and I know they are to many others, too). May the Lord take all our offerings and turn them into something for His glory! Thanks for your (blog-)friendship 🙂


  2. Oh my. What a glorious blend of images, song, and word. Deep blessing here for mind, heart, and soul, Heidi! At my age I sense more than ever how fast the life river flows. With you I desire Jesus’ design for the time that is left. God, help me turn away from distractions, busy-ness, and self-centered pursuits.


    • Thank you, Nancy, for your encouraging words. “Lord, teach us to number our days aright!” Thank you also for pointing others to Jesus Christ, the only One that matters in the end! Blessings!


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