THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A newly elected politician was visiting Washington, D.C. to get acquainted.
He was visiting in the home of a ranking senator who was trying to interpret the bizarre wonder of the capital.
As they stood looking out over the Potomac River, an old, rotten, deteriorating log floated by.
The old-timer said, "This city is a lot like that log out there."
The new guy asked, "How's that?"
The senator replied, "Well, there are probably over 100,000 grubs, ants, bugs and critters on that old log as it floats down that river. And I imagine every one of them thinks that he's steering it!"
20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:
21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
As he was paddling down the Nantahala River in North Carolina, Joe suddenly found himself
in quite a predicament.
A huge wave, off the crest of a rock, sent him hurling, and he was upside down in his kayak.
Suddenly submerged in the icy, dark water, his muscles tensed,and his lungs held tightly to what little air he had gasped before rolling under.
Panic! "I have to get up! I have to breathe!"
In a matter of seconds, he had gone from being in CONTROL to being in CRISES.
Suddenly, his previous training came back to his mind.
"Don't fight the current. With a gentle twist of the body, and an upward stroke of the paddle turn the kayak over."
He did. It worked!
By allowing the pull of the current to have control, he was able to "right the boat."
Often that experience of having to give in to the strong force of the river parallels the
panic many of us have when, in the current of life, we have to give up control and
surrender ourselves completely to God.
We have to remember our training!
God LOVES us. He wants the BEST for us.
In every circumstance, in every situation, He is "working all things together for GOOD" (Romans 8:28) to us.
We may not always understand why the trail winds through the woods, but we must understand that our Guide knows where He is going!
He has an "expected end" (Jeremiah 29:11) in mind for us and we just need to follow His direction.
Today, as you face the unexpected "curves" that life can toss, remember your training.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-7)
Learn and trust God's Manual for Living -- the Bible.