Whitewater rafting is like life. That analogy has probably been used many times, but let me get more in depth with it.
You start off not knowing anything or what is to come. You’ve only heard of the worst and assume that you’re going to be hit head on with it. Little do you know that you’re going to be safe, but still on for the ride. You hear of all the warnings that are supposed to prepare you, but they only scare you. And boy, you’re quivering in your boots. You’re all geared up with your wet suit so you won’t get too wet and your boots that are supposed to protect your feet. Yet, you can still feel the rocks pressing in on your boots and you’re still getting wet even though you’re wearing a wet suit. How particular is that.
Then, you’re sent to embark onto your journey in the raft. You’ve got your group with you and a guide in the back. The guide knows all and directs you, but doesn’t simply drop you off at your destination. You have a paddle and as a group, you all paddle together to the final destination according to the guide’s commands. You may find yourself going forward easily or a backwards. Sometimes, you might even be turning around, but you know for sure that you’re going to make it to the end. Sometimes, you might clash with someone else’s paddle and get stuck for a moment, but that’s okay. It’s normal for this to happen because you’re going at your own pace. Just untangle yourself and continue.
When you get to a dangerous part of the river with plenty of high waves and raging rapids, you brace yourself and keep padding through. There are times when you find yourself soaked and cold, but you keep going forward. There are times when you’re not even sure if your paddling is helping, but you hear the guide shouting to not stop paddling and you push on. There are times when the guide tells you to hit the deck and hang on for the ride. You trust the guide and you hang on.
The fear is that you’re going to flip over the side of the boat and be tossed about the waves, finally sinking to the bottom. You could be thrown over the side of the boat, but you won’t sink. Not unless you took off your lifejacket. We learned how to pull someone back into the boat even if they’re two times as big as you. All there is, is to trust. Trust yourself. Trust the guide and just go with the flow.
But don’t be so afraid that you hold yourself back from this adventure because that’s not living at all.
Go on and live your life to its fullest, but do it all for God’s glory.
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love, He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”