Monday, September 10, 2018

Dog Paddling.


On our recent vacation, we spent a lot of time on the water. Surfing behind the boat, cruising the lake, generally having a beyond relaxing time. Our dog went out in the boat with us every day—he is very much a water dog. This one particular day something different happened. There we were, same as every day before—chilling, enjoying the scenery, Goose is riding with the wind through his hair. He never jumps out. Never causes a ruckus. Just rides the waves of his good doggie life (see what I did there?) 

I look to talk to that little surfer dog and...wait. Where is he?  “Where’s Goose?!”  I look back farther in the lake--there he is. Just dog paddling--literally (haha)--behind the boat. Trying to catch up. 

I don’t know what happened. Maybe he got hot. Maybe he got confused. Maybe he had too much vacation brain and thought he could take this lake on his own. No need for boats. No need for “parents”. 

Poor goose. We know what he may not. He can’t paddle forever. He can’t navigate this tricky body of water on his own. Eventually, his little legs will get worn out from all those swims. 

So we stopped the boat. Backed up. Waited for him. Kept our eyes on him. Made sure he was okay. Reached out to help him. Reached out to save him. 

Have you ever jumped out of God’s proverbial boat? 

I don’t know what’s happened in your life. Maybe you got too something. Maybe you got confused. Maybe you got something or the other brained. Maybe you felt you could take this life on your own. No need for help. 

Happens to all of us. Happens to all of us more than we’d like to admit. 

I, for one, am glad to know God knows full well that I am not equipped to handle this life on my own. He knows I can’t navigate it myself and I’ll just wear plain out trying. 

So He waits on me. He stops the boat, stops everything, it seems, for me. Keeps His eyes right on me. Says things like, “It’s okay! You got this! I’m right here! I’m here to rescue you! I’m here to save you!”

Relief. 

Maybe you, like me, have jumped out of the boat sometimes. Let Him lift you back in. Let Him stop the whole world and come and get you. He never leaves you. So don’t get caught up in thinking that you have to somehow catch up to the boat now. Catch up to the Father. No. That’s not how He does things. Not convinced? See: The Prodigal in Luke 15:11-32. The Father is always seeking, searching, looking to rescue. 

Give those arms and legs and mind and heart a rest. Climb back in His lap and enjoy His rest. 

Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Have a great, restful week!