So, when we get 100 inches of snow in the winter time, this is what happens to the rivers in town. ISNT THIS AWESOME?!!!
I love rafting down the river when it's full. There's something serene about being in the river and just enjoying the outdoors. Then all of the sudden there are surges that push enormous amounts of water through tight canyons or ravines. When the water's got no where to go, the rapid gets exciting and the real ride begins.
It's such a great metaphor to life.
There are times in life where you can cruise and just enjoy the scenery, but we all know there are tight places where the waters of lie start surging. You can either look at is as something to push through to get to the end, or you can take it when it comes and ride the rapids enjoying every moment of pressure.
It's not easy.
To recognize the thrill of the ride.
To see beyond the middle of the rapid.
To know you're going to come out on the other side.
But isn't that what Jesus told the disciples?
Mark 4:35-40 reads like this, "Late that day he said
to them, "Let's go across to the other side." They took him in the boat
as he was. Other boats came along. A huge storm came up. Waves poured
into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head
on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him, saying, "Teacher, is it nothing
to you that we're going down?"
Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down
and said to the sea, "Quiet! Settle down!" The wind ran out of breath;
the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: "Why
are you such cowards? Don't you have any faith at all?"
Sometimes I hear teachers blaming the disciples for their lack of faith. Didn't they know the Son of God was with them in the boat? Didn't they know it would all be ok?
But let's be honest….
When the storm hits, we're the first ones to rise up and start questioning. What's going on? How does this play out? What happens when ______?
Maybe we just need a little perspective. Whether it's economy, relationships, family, or job; the storm is rough. But let's not forget the one who gives life. After all, if the storm is a part of the ultimate plan anyway, why don't we just ride it?
Don't get me wrong, I haven't mastered this art yet. Storms in life still pose a threat to what I deem normal or acceptable. I just hope in the middle, when I gain my bearings, I can have the faith Jesus asks us to have. "I will never leave you or forsake you." I'm holding on tight.
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