One Big Boat, Different Paddle: Part 1

I love sitting by the water and watching boats glide by. You know, life is like a boat.  We are all in one big boat in a huge body of water called LIFE.  Some times it is wavy, sometimes calm, and other times a bit of both.

The difference is we have been given our own paddle to fight and conquer life.  Sometimes I envy those that seem to have the biggest and most glorious, fancy boat with not much need to break into a sweat to use a paddle. Me, on the other hand, feels like many times I’m struggling in a rubber dingy that has just sprung a link and my paddle has floated away.  Do you feel that way sometimes?

How do we use our paddle?  Throw it overboard? Paddle as fast as you can? Put a white flag on it and give up? Or take long, strong strides to balance and stabilize the situation?  I’ve done all of these.  Honestly, more times than not, I start off frantically flinging my paddle anyway I can thinking as kids say, I DO MYSELF.

We are unique and have all been handed life differently while in this earthen vessel called a boat. It is easy to judge someone else and think how they should be using their paddle.  It is another thing to decide how to float our boat with the paddle we have been given.

Many times, we need to be rescued.  Being in this boat can be tough. There is illness, someone is unkind, injustice is winning, or we are constantly fighting financial hardships which never seem to let up. As a single parent, there were so many situations that made it hard to even put the paddle in the water to move ahead. The struggle and pain is real.

That is when we need to realize:

  1. Jesus is IN our life boat.
  2. He will help us move the paddle.

 

  1. Jesus Is IN Our Life Boat

Life is never neat and tidy. There are waves, winds, and storms. The disciples experienced that while on a trip across the Sea.  Check out Mark 4: 35-41. The storm came but Jesus was there in their boat in the storm.

The struggles will be there for sure.  However, the greater struggle is not reaching out to the only One who can stabilize our life boat. It’s like Peter when he knew Jesus could rescue him yet he choose to take his eyes off Him…that’s when he lost sight and trouble began.

 Come on!” Jesus said. Peter then got out of the boat and started walking on the water toward him.

 But when Peter saw how strong the wind was, he was afraid and started sinking. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Right away, Jesus reached out his hand. He helped Peter up and said, “You surely don’t have much faith. Why do you doubt?” Matthew 14: 29-31 (CEV)

As humans, we naturally do this so well. It is easy to lose sight and start to sink. We suddenly have forgotten everything we know, let alone how to use our paddle.

Our first step is to realize that while in this life boat, we have Jesus with us.  He wants to help us and engage in our journey with the unique paddle that has been handed us. Jesus’ life wasn’t easy, so why should we think ours will be?  We may think He doesn’t care and that He isn’t there.  Again, human thinking can overrule.

Being able to take the time to process the fact that Jesus is right IN our boat is paramount to peace. He lived life on earth, He understands the waves and winds that toss our life boat around.

This is our challenge…do we understand He has been and will always be with us?  For those who wonder how Jesus can be in your Life Boat check the link at the bottom.  For those who have a relationship with the One who sits in your boat, take time to re-focus on Him so you can begin to push your paddle through the waters. Like in Peter’s situation, He is reaching His hand out to you.

I have rescued you.  I have called you by name; now you belong to me.  When you cross deep rivers, I will be with you, and you won’t drown.  Isaiah 43:1b-2a

Next time: Part 2: He will help us move our paddle.

OPEN YOUR TOOL BOX:

  • Read the story in Mark 4.
  • Take some time to focus on your life boat and paddle.
  • Do you have Jesus as One who sits in the life boat of yours?
  • Memorize Isaiah 43:1b-2a
  • As you face life this week, reach out to the One in your life boat who wants to help you. He is reaching out.

YOU CAN DO THIS!

https://www.allaboutgod.com/prayer-of-salvation.htm

 

 

 

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