life water rafting

A few weeks ago I had the experience of going white water rafting.  My dad and I went up to the Pigeon River and went on a 1 ½ hour trip covering two class 4 rapids.  This was pretty extreme for a couch surfer like me.  It was an absolute blast!  I hope to go again very soon.  As I was thinking back on the trip my wandered into how much this trip represents life.  For me I was a tad bit nervous before we left.  When we took the exit to the outpost, my nerves quickly turned to excitement.  This seems to be typical for a lot of my life experiences.  During our trip we experienced periods of pure and serene calmness, class 2 rapids, class 3 rapids, and even class 4 rapids.  Again, so much like life with serenity to storm in 60 seconds.  There was never a smooth transition, much like life.  Sometimes we can be floating along calm and serene and BOOM, right into class 4 rapids.  The guide/instructor gave us two sound pieces of advice: the first was lock your feet in under the tubes in front of you to avoid falling out and the second was if you fall out stay calm, relax, and point your feet up.  As we go through life we need to lock our feet in and hold on.  Know and believe that God will never give us more than we can handle.  He is our calm in the storm.  And if we do fall out (I have), don’t panic but rather stay calm, relax, and look up to Him.  Psalm 18:2–The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  Today is the day I will lock my feet in on the journey of life.  If I fall out of the raft, I will look to my Calm in the storm.  Today is the day I will recover!


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2 Responses to life water rafting

  1. Michelle Johnson says:

    That is really a great metaphor Chad! I love being outdoors, and I always feel better after I have been out in God’s great creation, however, I never really thought of it like you did. Thanks for the re-think. I am swimming, biking, and running today, (training for a tri-athlon) and I will have a different approach while I struggle a long the way. Thanks:) Oh, and I really like the term “couch surfer.” Very funny!

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