"There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High." Psalms 46:4 AMP
"Hit the deck!" We heard the command exclaimed from the back of our raft as our guide steered us through the Class 3 and Class 4 rapids. Our crew of 6 had received basic instructions from our Whitewater guide before we launched our raft into the Ocoee river. "Hit the deck" meant we were to get down into the floor of our raft, put our paddles up straight into the air and brace ourselves in- we were going to get wet.
Right forward. Right back. Left forward. Left back. -Take a break. Stroke. We all listened for the commands from our guide as he navigated our raft through the river.
Isn't that the way it is with us and God? At times we are at ease and enjoying the scenery and the next thing you know here comes "Grumpy" or "Table Saw" or "Hell's Hole" and He takes us right through them. Sometimes He commands us to "Hit the deck" and all we can do is brace ourselves, confident that He is in control and will take us through- safely. Sometimes He commands us to paddle "Left back, right forward!" to get us through and sometimes He says you can get out of the boat and just enjoy floating down the river because He knows the river and He doesn't let us get so far out that He can't pull us back in.
"The Lord appeared from of old to me (Israel), saying Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you." Jeremiah 31:3
When the "Grumpy's" and "Table Saw's" of life come at us He is in control and all we have to do is trust in Him and obey instructions because He knows the River. The rocks and the rapids are no surprise to Him. All we have to do is hear and obey- confident that Our Divine River Guide knows the way and will see us through and if we listen to our Guide and obey His instructions truly we are in for- adventures unlimited.
Prayer: Dear Father I thank You that You are in control of my life and I trust that You will guide me safely through and one day I might hear You say, "Well done." In Jesus Name. Amen.