Life is like a rafting ride down a river - full of adventure and challenge. Some days the ride of life is sunny as we casually float down the river. Other days the ride of life can be overcast, rainy with massive rapids causing us to grip onto the raft with all we have. Some days are filled with both. Those are unique days. Most days are something in between these two extreme experiences. These days can also be seasons.
The gift Jesus provides is to offer to be the captain of our raft. If we accept, He will ride with us through the different adventurous river days.
What is the current river conditions in your life these days? Sunny, smooth, rainy, light rapids or heavy rapids?
What do you do when you are facing heavy rapids?
Psalm 100 is known as the "Psalm of Praise." It reminds us who God is. It reminds us who we are. It reminds us what God loves to do with us no matter the smooth waters or heavy rapids that we are facing. Read it. Let God speak to you through it.
Ps 100 "Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations."
There is so much beauty and power in who God is and what He wants to do in us. Look at the last few sentences...
"For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations."
Through all generations, through all our lives as we have walked with Christ, we have historical experiences of God's goodness, of God's enduring love, of God's faithfulness. Take time to remember some of these past experiences. Share a few of them with your spouse, family and friends. Encourage each other with these historical experiences with Jesus.
As you face rapids of life, remember who God is, who you are and what He wants to do in your life.
As a church, we are facing a financial challenge right now. As we begin to communicate this with you, let's go to God in prayer, let's understand our financial challenge, let's see what we can do to save money and to be generous. Let's remember God is good. His love endures. He is faithful.
Seeking God together,
Pastor Chris Reinertson enjoys all sports, especially those involving a ball. He loves to hang out with people and challenge them to be Jesus REVolutionizers.