Monday, August 26, 2013

Journey That Brings Peace

Oh how I love escaping to the river in my beloved kayak...and so did about 5,000 other people on this last day before school started back up. So instead of observing wildlife, I observed humanity. One family drifted by- a mother, father, and two children. The mother looked tired and sweaty. The two children were fighting, bumping their kayaks into each other and complaining about each getting in the way of the other.
"Why are you two so close together?" cried out the exasperated father, "You have a whole river!"

I chuckled as I skimmed on by them. I am sure it is not what the little family envisioned when they started off on this wonderful adventure, this last day of summer before the kids started back to school. I could totally relate. I can think of many times I had idyllic events planned for my brood, and it just didn't quite turn out to be the tender memory I hoped. Sometimes our hopes and our realities sharply diverge, in fact, maybe even most of the time.

We are all on a journey of discovery, and at times the new twists and turns in the river of life bring us to exotic new plants, elusive lovely birds, peace and utter joy in the beauty and quiet. However, at other times it brings weariness and sweat from the constant work to battle the current, bickering and arguing as the kayaks jockey for position, and loud motorboats that pass too near. It is all part of the journey, the good and the bad.

But through it all the river still sparkled in the sunlight, the clouds still frolicked in the blue sky, and trees still waved from the shore. And I felt blessed to be a part of the journey at all since the journey itself is a gift from God.


Do not let what you regard as good get a bad name. For God's Kingdom is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of the righteousness, peace, and joy which the Holy Spirit gives. And when you serve Christ in this way, you please God and are approved by others. So then, we must always aim at those things that bring peace and that help strengthen one another. (Romans 14:16-19 GNT)

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