Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Knowing God - Psalm 36:7-8

(from Pastor)

How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.
You feed them from the abundance of your own house,
letting them drink from your rivers of delight.
Psalm 36:7-8
Imagine that life is a river. Like an explorer without a map, the river flows and flows and where it goes, nobody knows. Indeed, where your life will go, no human knows.
So there are two ways to take this river. One is to ride with the current. The other is to fight against it.
God has a purpose, a plan, and a direction for your life and mine. And just like rivers naturally flow into a majestic lakes or the bounty of the ocean, God’s assured us that if we believe, our river will end in delight. Therefore, we have two options. We can trust the flow of the water – obeying a few timeless rules of the river – or we can fight the current.
As we’ve been saying – directly and indirectly – throughout these past few days, prayer is paddling with God. It is lining our lives up with his current. Failing to pray is not, however, pulling the paddling inside the boat. It is, rather, paddling furiously using every other human technique to make it through life. And it seems to work pretty well ... until we hit the rapids.
No matter who we are, the rapids and the trials will come. And the question is, will we be fresh and ready and already riding the best current when the trials come, or will we be unwittingly tired and in the wrong channel as the rocks and rapids begin to loom?
In Christ’s Love,
a guy who wants to take
kayak lessons from Pastor Fran
(or faith lessons from her ...
or from a fishermen like Peter)

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