Control Issues

Good morning my friends

We just love to be in control… A few years back me, Keri & the boys went to South Fork, Colorado on vacation. For those that have never been to South Fork let me tell you it’s majestic… Having two teenage boys, one of the things that we knew we were gonna do no matter what was go white water rafting.. One of the places that offered it was in Durango. We made the 2 hr drive to Durango. We decided since we were inexperienced rafters that we would take the tour that was mostly class 2 with some 3 & 4’s.. After being fitted with life jackets and being issued paddles, we waited what seemed like almost forever. We finally all loaded up on the bus to go to our entry point. They gathered us all around & explained to the many different groups the rules & guidelines on the river. Then they assigned each group to a tour guide.. Our tour guide was Tom. Tom gave us a special signal (we were to pat the top of our head) if we needed help in the unlikelihood of the raft turning over or if fell out from the rough rapids.. We chose our places in the raft and he told us he would be telling us when to paddle and if we just needed one side to paddle to help with direction he would tell us which side. We entered the river and started paddling. We gained speed and he told us to stop paddling.. For the next 3 hrs we floated down what was the equivalent to the “Lazy River” @ Six Flags.. Don’t get me wrong there were a couple of places that were flowing “ok” but nothing that would get your blood flowing with excitement. The boys were continually asking if they could paddle so we could go faster. Tom would eventually tell them when we could paddle and when we would get going fast Tom would then guide us into a rock so we would get stuck. In all honesty, I don’t even know why we even had to wear a life jacket. The water was never over knee deep.. Seriously….had the raft turned over all we would’ve had to do to save ourselves was to get on our knees or just stand up. We didn’t even need a guide.. Tom did narrate the trip but we didn’t want a historical tour we wanted excitement..
I’ve learned that my walk with Jesus is a lot like my trip white water rafting. I haven the tendency to want to put my oar in the water and paddle when all I should be doing is floating. I want to be in control of my raft. Just like the river, I didn’t know where the pick up point was. I didn’t know the river and what lies ahead or around the corner.. We have the ultimate tour guide if we let Him He will guide us to our ultimate destination/pick up point.

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for The Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:13-14)

We should leave the outcomes up to God. Follow Him wherever He leads us, without worrying about or trying to control how it will all turn out. Think of your life as an adventure, with God as your Guide and Companion. Live in the now, concentrating on staying in step with Him. When your paths lead you to a cliff, be willing to climb it with His help. When you come to a resting place, take time to refresh in His Presence. Enjoy the rhythm of life that we gain by living close to Him. We know that the ultimate destination of our journey is our entrance into heaven. Keep your focus on the path before you, leaving the outcomes up to God.

“In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.” (Exodus 15:13)

My CHALLENGE prayer for YOU… Let Jesus be your tour guide..

I hope you all have a MAGNIFICENT day…. Blessings & much love…..D

Live your life like it’s your LAST 24!!!



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