The Shores of Lake Michigan

12 03 2012

Water. We sit on it’s edge and we watch it. We listen to it. We enjoy it. Sometimes, we are even mesmerized by it. People are drawn to the water because of it’s beauty, its ability to refresh and the fun it creates. But have you ever thought of why? Maybe because it is consistent.

We like consistencies. We are comfortable that way. Water is constant. It ebbs  and flows, it soothes and sloshes. When watching it from the shore, we know what is going to happen.

But sometimes it appears differently. If a rock is in the way, it moves around it. If the wind picks up, it stirs. It appears to change. It seems inconsistent, but it’s still water, it just has something to work around.

God. He is consistent, never changing, but sometimes in life there is a rock or some wind. It seems as if God is being inconsistent; saying one thing in the Bible but doing something different in real life. It seems like He is not who He says He is. But it’s just a rock we’ve put in His way.

God and Water. Ever thought the two could be alike?


White Water Rafting and God

20 07 2011

Today, I went white water rafting with my brother and future-sister-in-law in Colorado down the Arkansas river. About half way through the trip, our guide pulls us along side the bank and says we can get out and jump off a rock across the river. To get there, we had to jump off a smaller rock, into a currant, and swim to the other side. You had to swim hard and as if you were trying to go up stream to keep from getting swept down river. Once we were on the other side and had our fun jumping off the rocks, we had to jump off a different rock, into the same rough water, and swim back to our raft. It was a lot of fun and when we all got back to the raft one out of breath lady asked, “So what class rapids did we just swim through?” Our guide just looked at her with a puzzled smile and answered “That was a swift current.” A few of us chuckled at that one.

I thought about this scenario, and realized this can be applied to our lives. Just like the woman thought the water was worse than it was, we also tend to think the things we go through are worse than they are. The water was rough and hard to swim through, just as our circumstances can be hard to get through. But sometimes stepping back and looking at it gives us a different perspective. God can also use people, like the guide, to bring us to reality and say “It’s really not that bad.”

God is there for you when you are in the middle of the swift current. Reach out and grab His hand like Peter did when he walked on water (read Matthew 14 for full story).

“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “Why did you doubt?”

Matthew 14:29-31

Just my thought after a fun day of rafting!