A few weeks ago, my husband and I went out on the water to kayak to go on a little day trip to celebrate our 8th year anniversary.
Before going too far down the creek, Cesar was teaching me a few maneuvers in case the water was rough or boats came by. Now he certainly didn’t have to teach me these things, he could have just let me experience it all on my own and watched. But seeing as how he loves me and wanted me to be prepared … he wanted me to lean from side to side so I could get use to trying to control the kayak and try to prevent from tipping over.
So, I did just that and to my surprise no I didn’t tip over and we floated down the creek. It was so incredibly calm and peaceful. I truly enjoyed our time alone together just enjoying the simple trip and enjoying his presence. (8 years and we’ve survived so far lol yay us!!)
Going back upstream (SO hard w/wind I might add…my arms were killing me later) ok back to the point.. .. .
There was a group of sea doo’s that came around the bend on the far side and then went on their way. The ripple effect that time wasn’t too bad, just a few blips under the kayak.
However, the second time they came around they were much closer and the ripples turned to waves that were equivalent to a ship being tossed around in a storm. I could hear my husband behind me telling me just to hang on and it should stop soon.
It was then that this whole experience seems to align closely to what God tries to do when he wants us ready for something.
First, he prepares us by training us, making scripture glow in our bible studies to prepare our hearts and minds. Much like how my husband was telling me how to lean to the sides of the kayak to be prepared for later on. Then a mild test God may allow for us to experience, to learn from, to grow from to press into our knowledge of what we had be taught. And then…the ripples seem like waves and though we may be tossed around a bit, pushed back even in our stream of life to where we may have to paddle back to our previous point…But God will not allow us to experience more than what HE can handle.
Did you get that?
I’ve always heard that phrase as God won’t let you experience more than YOU can handle but I just never set right with me. Perhaps because life is just so dang hard sometimes and it really is more than I, little ole’ me can handle.
But I know that my God, will never give me more than what HE can handle. Because His might, strength, efforts, love, protection and peace are so much more than mine could ever be.
So, I challenge you, what are the things casting ripples in your life this week?
Relationships? Weight loss? Loved ones lost? Maybe you don’t even recognize the person staring back at you in the mirror right now. But God does.
I challenge you to read through Luke chapter 8:22-25 this week. What similarities do you see in your life?
I pray that you all are blessed and that you find yourself safe in His arms.
Until next time. . .
Jamie @ Women Simply Thriving