Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ahhh!! The Rapids!

In college a group of us decided to go to a great place for cliff jumping. Once we arrived, someone thought it was a "fantastic" idea to swim across the river to the cliff jumping site. So, the ego side of all the men chimed in, and we started our swim. I remember the rapids in the middle of the swim. They grew stronger and stronger. I was getting tired, and I remember thinking to myself, "I am going to drown out here because I am so tired." There is not a whole lot you can do in the middle of a river with strong rapids but swim, swim, swim, and push through the pain. I was wearing shoes because cliff jumping is easier on your feet if you have some padding. However, I felt they were working against me, so I took my shoes off and let them float away.

Have you ever felt like you are going to drown because of some sort of life situation? Maybe it's a financial situation, or a relationship situation, or a health situation. Maybe you feel like you are stuck in a rut, and as you grow tired your first thought is, "I am not going to make it, the rapids are too strong!" When this thought hits, find the thing that is holding you back, and let it float down stream. Get rid of the pieces that you think are going to kill you, and swim! swim! swim! You will make it to the other side.


mrkaen002 said...

nice blog!

Nikki Lorraine said...

This is good advice, though sometimes I feel like letting go is taking the easy way out. Aren't there some things that we shouldn't let go else we're just running from our problems and not truly facing them?

Kristen said...

Nikki, I think the question you need to ask yourself, is am I letting go? or am I letting God have control? There are situations in our life where we don't have a right to hold on. There are often times when we can look at something and say, it's not my problem. But I think that Kevin is trying to encourage us to give of ourselves and our worries and our life situations to God. And let them be our life lessons... Let Him guide us. It's not like giving up, it is simply giving of ourselves back to His will, and not our own. We will never be able to successfully face a problem without holding His hand and allowing him to guide us. The only way to get through something is to go Through it! And we aren't built with enough strength to do that on our own!

Thanks Kevin for your openness and honesty! And for your insight!