Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We had a great weekend up here exploring our new home.  Saturday, we went to a huge lake in downtown Minneapolis and rented a canoe.  Even little Neely pup got to hop on board.

As we bounded out on our adventure, I was trying to recall my canoeing skills I acquired at camp from 14 years ago to impress my beloved.  I kept switching sides to help navigate us and set us on the right path.

After a few minutes, B gently told me that when it came to steering a canoe, there could really only be one navigator, and it was better if it came from the back.  Every time I switched sides, I was messing up our direction, so I needed to pick one side and stick to it.

Only one person can steer us in the right direction…what a concept!  Eventually, my arms got tired, so I handed all responsibility over to our chief navigator while I rested and enjoyed the view.

As we floated along, I thought about how many times I’m in a boat where I’ve agreed to let God steer me, but eventually, I get tired of being still and I try to shift my paddle to begin navigating the way I think we should go, rather that trusting His plan and going with the flow.

Sure, letting someone else steer involves an increased level of trust and faith that can be scary, but there’s also a benefit to implicitly trusting the One in control: you can sit back and enjoy the ride and know that He will lead you in the right direction.  Why bother dipping your paddle in the pool, when the One behind you is ready and willing to steer you into a good and perfect plan?

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” 
Proverbs 16:3
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”
Isaiah 42:16