“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” (Isaiah 55:8 NIV)
I was looking a picture to go with my blog. I was having a hard time finding an appropriate one. I came across a picture of a boat that had been beached – the MS RIVERDANCE.
Looking at those photos, I realized, “Wow, I have felt that way.” The boat lies forlornly on its side, completely out of the water. I think to myself, “I have felt that way!” It gave a new meaning to a fish out of water. The upshot of it was the boats name. “RIVERDANCE”. That poor boat was doing anything BUT dancing on the river.
I paused to think of how I often try to go own way. When I persist, despite God telling me, “Hey, Deni, shallow water ahead! Are you watching the tide?” I end up in a similar position as that boat.
I wonder who was at the helm when that boat was beached that way. Did they know the tide was going out?
I think of the times when I try to do too much. I get the nudge saying, “Deni, it’s time to quit. You know you can’t do this. No! Don’t pick up that heavy box … the tide is going out! You don’t have the strength or the energy. “But do I listen? Most often . . . no. And I end up “beached” – curled up in bed the next day, hating the fact that I am hurting so much and unable to do anything at all.
It reinforces for me that I need God at the helm of my own “boat”. My judgment gets cloudy – I think I know the path. I am sure I can maneuver through whatever obstacles come my way on my own. Yet – so often the outcome is that of the MS RIVERDANCE.
I am so grateful that, at the proper time, the tide comes back in – God rights this little boat and I can go sailing off in the direction I should have gone before. God gives us second chances – His mercy is great, His grace and love endure forever. How grateful I am for that!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Deni believes that the only true way to deal with chronic pain and chronic illness is to bring them to the feet of her Lord and Savior. Her multiple illnesses (Celiac Sprue, Atrial Fibrillation, Ankylosing Spondylitis, to name a few) have taught her many things about herself and her Christian walk. It is her fondest prayer that some of her lessons might be helpful to others as they walk the path of chronic illness. Deni can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her webpage is http://www.pathwaysforchange.com