The title of this blog site is Bulamanriver. For those who are recent visitors, and may not have read my previous post about this, let me introduce you. Its etymology comes from three words: bula, man, river. Bula is derived from the Fijian (Fiji is a South Pacific Island nation) language which means “life.” Man is God’s creation who is given the gift of life. River is the metaphor for God and His Love. Therefore, Bulamanriver conveys the meaning of the “life of man walking with God in His Love.” Of course, any statement of such reference has to have biblical derivative. In fact, Bulamanriver finds its etymology in the following biblical passage:
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water shall flow from the inmost being of anyone who believes in me.” (He was speaking of the Holy Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him)” – John 7:37-39.
This scripture further expounds Bulamanriver to mean: man is the riverbed, who is the receptacle for the “living waters” of the Spirit of God, which brings true life.
River of Living Waters – Metaphor for God’s Love and Spirit (Pic: Wiki Commons)
Who is Bulamanriver? You, the believer, is Bulamanriver! You are the riverbed who is given the Spirit of “living waters” to flow in you, so the life of Jesus, you, and Spirit is unified. Recall, all this happens only when you believe in Jesus as your personal Savior: “anyone who believes in Me.” To believe in Jesus means to follow His way of Love in a changed life. This forges a union in what I have called the “Triune Life.” It means a life which devolves from the Trinitarian nature and Being of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
When you think about this, man, in his fallen state of existence, has always had “deathly waters” flowing in him since Adam submitted to the devil’s deception in Eden. Now, God our Father in His Love and compassion has reversed the condition and poured His Spirit in man’s riverbed. This was made possible when Jesus defeated the devil in His titanic battle in the Judean Desert after His baptism by John, and His death on the cross at Calvary. (Matt.4:1-11; John 18-20)
God is Love, so the “living waters” (Spirit) flowing in man (riverbed), is God’s Love. (1 John 4:8) God, who Himself is Love, flows into our riverbed and covers all our sins. A river cannot exist without its waters. Without its waters, all the putrid, unsightly, and foul-smelling underbelly of the riverbed is exposed for all its imperfections (sins). Hence, we are warned, “Do not quench the Spirit (“living waters”)” (1 Thess.5:19). So, this is the life of the believer: he is the riverbed immersed and “hiding” under the cover of the full-flowing “living waters” of Jesus through the Spirit. All he sees as he looks up and out is this covering Love of Christ in the “living waters” of the Spirit. Paul asserts this, saying, “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:3; Ps. 17:6-9).
Without its waters to give it identity, the river ceases to exist. Soon enough the jungle takes over, and even the riverbed is no more which now becomes part of the jungle. In truth, the river is the source of life for the jungle and all the living species in it. It is the source of life for peoples, farms, for transportation, it’s the economic lifeline for river dwellers. But if the riverbed should become part of the jungle, how will the jungle eco-life survive? Who will water and give it life? This is your identity as a Bulamanriver – you give life because God is the life in you, you do not take life. The jungle takes life, so does the people, farms, animals, and all the myriads of things dependent upon it. But the river never stops giving, but flows gracefully to all. God says, “I am about to do something new. See I have already begun! Do you see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. The wild animals in the fields will thank Me, the jackals and the owls, too, for giving them water in the desert. Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed” (Isa. 43:19-20, NLT). This is why the river is the metaphor for God and His Love. Love is the abundance of everything so we have all we need, want and desire.
Rainbow over River Conwy, UK (Wiki Commons) River Gives Life-Giving Waters
I hope this clarifies, as well as informs you, my new readers and others alike, of the meaning of my blog site: Bulamanriver. From that, it requires no speculation what to expect in my posts. Think of my blog as a river, where God in His Love is flowing to you. Drink and be filled!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write me in the space provided below, or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until we meet again in my next post, may the blessing of the God who ceaselessly expresses Himself in His dependable Triune Love, be with you always. May the Spirit enliven you and make all things concerning you possible in Triune Living as a Bulamanriver.*
* Bulamanriver” is the metaphor describing the union of man with the Love of the Triune God flowing in humans, making possible the “Triune Life” – the source of the miraculous life in man. To read the many facets of life of the Bulamanriver, go to my website www.bulamanriver.com where you can order a copy of my Book.
All scriptures are taken from the NIV Version 2011, unless stated otherwise.