>Diving in when you don’t know how to swim

>          Life is very interesting. You don’t know what the next few days are going to bring, you don’t know where you will be emotionally in the next few hours much less in the next 10 years, and you never know when your last breath will be.
People for years have been trying to predict what is happening in the years to come; false prophets, fortune tellers, and charlatans who insist they have the ability to speak to those who have gone on before us. Just as often we are trying to halt the progression of time by anti-aging formulas, eternal youth fountains, and plastic surgery. And people still keep coming back to the same falsehoods because they insist that they work, and once in a blue moon, a prophecy comes true; the aging process seems to be halted. But, my belief is that if you shoot enough bullets eventually you are going to hit something vital.
Life is meant to be experienced. We aren’t suppose to spend all our time trying to halt it’s progression but rather we are suppose to dive into the beauty and the chaotic-ness of it. There is only one Being who truly knows what our life will bring. Each person on the face of the earth has one specific goal in their life. To worship God.
God gave us an instruction manual that resides in the form of the Holy Bible. In it are examples of how to live and how definitely not to live. We are told to seek after God’s own heart much like King David did– but when we look at David, we see not a holy man but rather through his attempts to become righteous- a sinner who is secure in the knowledge that his God loves him.
We are told to be willing to follow God much like Moses did. But once again when we look clearly at Moses (taking off the blinders of third grade Sunday School where we painted him as a hero) we see a man who argued and railed against God and broke the holy tablets of the Ten Commandments in a fit of rage. But above all Moses followed God and spoke His Words to the people of Israel.
We are told to mimic the lives of the Apostles; men who wrote much of the New Testament, where we learn of the miracles of Christ and of His sacrifice. But the Apostles were no better than the worse of today’s sinners. Rather we see men who continually humbled themselves and begged for forgiveness; Peter- who denied Christ three times, then went on in his ministry to attempt to turn his back on the Gentiles- giving into the peer pressure of the Jewish believers. Paul- a man who martyred numerous Christians before Christ visited him personally and turned his life around; Paul was known for his anger.
No matter how we read these ‘heroes’ of the Scriptures we must always be aware that they were normal people who were busy living their lives when God reached out and made them aware of a bigger plan.
Life is a river and no one truly knows how to swim. It’s an experience where we learn as we go, and sometimes God makes us reevaluate our knowledge.
God calls us to dive into that rushing river of life even though we don’t know how to swim and live it for HIM- not us. It’s a scary thing, but it’s worth it.
Scripture to ponder in context:
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper, not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. ” Jeremiah 29:11


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