Friday, 30 October 2015

Rowing or Sailing?


Sail: /seɪl/
noun

"a piece of material extended on a mast to catch the wind and propel a boat or ship or other vessel."

Row: /rəʊ/
verb
"propel (a boat) with oars."
So often we find ourselves sick and tired of being sick and tired. We find new ways to do things but not long after, we get tired and weak and weary. After we've exhausted all our options and used all our tools from our toolbox THEN we run to God. Isn't He such a good God that even while we use our strength acting like we know it all, and place Him as a last call He still sits high and looks low on us waiting for us to just give Him a chance, just an opportunity to work His magic? There are those who have turned their backs on God simply because after they hit rock bottom, in the hope that all their cares will immediately be lifted once they "tried God," their problems didn't disappear. In fact, they started experiencing new tests. They can't believe that this GOD will let their "perfect and innocent" selves suffer. A popular misconception people have is that the bible says "God won't give you more than you can handle." This is in fact NOT biblical. God never promised to make our lives rainbows and roses once we follow Him. Instead, He promised in Isaiah 43:2 
"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you."
Who told us we are the end-all-be-all of our lives? Where did we get the idea that we need to believe in ourselves and have the right strings to pull and all will be well with us? If God made us that way, there would not be one person that will follow Him because we would boast in our strength and abilities. Our heads would get so big that God will no longer have room to reign and rule. So, He created us to function best when we decrease and put our trust in Him. We have adopted the habit of comparing lives of seemingly "godly" people to measure the might of God. The moment something goes on with them, we immediately start to doubt and question the Omnipotency (all-powerful/might) of God. If Pastor X is going through this, how then can God be God? We turn our gaze from God and look at mere mortals as if they don't have blood running through their veins. We forget that these people also are at the mercy of God's grace, and like everyone else they constantly need to rest in God.
Have you ever rowed a boat? Even if you haven't I'm sure we've all seen water sports where the competitors work their arms as they row the boat to the finish line. You can see the exhaustion and fatigue on their faces as they row because it demands SO much from the body. In the same vein, have you been in a boat or at least seen boats that are sailing? Nobody rowing, just the wind pushing the boat to the desired destination. It can be related to life. There are so many people that have tried to row the boats of their life. They have used all their connections and intellect and "know-hows" to pull a few strings here and there, and they always fall short. Then, there are some others who have identified that sailing is a much more appealing option. Now, they are aware that rowing can potentially be quicker, but sail boats have the capacity to carry heavier weight, and are less demanding as no physical strength is required. Sailing also gives the advantage of experiencing the beauty of the water and beautiful scenery we often would ignore when we are "too busy" rowing.
If only we would dare to float on the ocean of God's grace, and create beautiful memories as we take in the beauty of the nature all around and trust that His purpose will be the wind that propels us to where He created us to be, life would be a breeze. If only we learn to be grateful for each step higher He brings us up to. If only we would throw in the towel and fall at our Maker's feet in the hopes of Him using His power and might in a way that only He can. If only we dare to be human, and allow God be God. I don't know if anyone has had enough of life and doing things their own ways, and are looking for what next to try? Try God. Psalm 32:8 says:
"The LORD says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you."
Jeremiah 33:3 promises:
 "Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come."
You were created for God, and by God and as long as you continue trying to figure out life on your own, you will ALWAYS fail. Rest in Him and let Him stretch in you. God's got you.

God loves you senselessly. And so do I. Mean it. Remain beauty-FULL! 
Favor O.
xx

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