Tomorrow I am getting up at 5 AM and dragging myself to church. I’m going on an outing with the young adults at the church. It is the annual white water rafting trip.
There are lots of stories from by-gone days, many of which I am a central character. I mainly recall the exhilaration of thrusting through the challenging sections of the river, but I also remember the struggles caused by the mistakes that were made along the way or from the circumstances the river itself brought.
Bottom line issue is I hate getting stuck on the rocks. One big lesson I learned is to listen to your guide. These are the guys that have been on the river day after day and they truly know the river. So, even when it doesn’t make sense to my limited river knowledge or rational, still listen to the guide.
So what is the big life lesson? Here you go! Proverbs 3:5-6 state that we should “trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.” In other words, listen to your guide. He knows the river; He sees the bigger picture. I have realized that this life of ours is a journey, and although we control our destiny, there is from my perspective a larger story to the journey.
So tomorrow while I’m in that raft and that guide shouts for me to “dive toward the rock,” I’m going to obey blindly and listen to the guide. When life is presenting its struggles, and I am so tempted to “lean on my own understanding,” my resolve will once again be to trust the guide.