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In keeping with my new-found sense of adventure, I went out on my first kayaking trip of the summer. My first thought was, "Why am I so horrible at this?"  I've only been in a kayak a few times before, but I didn't remember ever having such a terrible time going straight. I'm pretty sure I traveled twice as far as anyone else did as I zigzagged around the lake. I tried to keep my focus on a fixed point, but despite my best intentions my kayak kept pointing me this way and that; basically anywhere except where I wanted to go.

About halfway through our trip my friend Mary said, "Maybe you have the broken kayak."

You think?

The kayak looked fine to me so she went on to explain that one of the rudders was missing. Without that stabilizing force the kayak moved erratically despite my best efforts.  

Do you ever find you're working twice as hard as anyone else just to keep up?  Are you wondering why your focus seems to be everywhere except where you want it to be? Could it be you're operating without your stabilizing force, Jesus?

"I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths." ~ Proverbs 4:11

Without engaging with God through worship, prayer and His Word, our lives become unstable. We may think we're too busy to take time for God, but the truth is that we're too busy not to. I used to think that I always had to have something to show for my time, but I've come to realize that while my time spent with God may not show, the lack of it certainly will! It's impossible to keep our focus in the right place without His assistance. 

Lord I thank you that you are always with me and willing to direct me in straight paths.  Please help me keep my focus on you so I do not go astray.


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  1. Faith says:

    love your analogy! So important to spend time each day worshiping the Lord and getting the Word in our hearts....to stay the course! Yay for your kayaking adventure....we've been on ours only twice this summer....plan on doing some tomorrow....we used to do it much more often.........I enjoy it as is so relaxing unless of course one doesn't have the proper rudder! LOl

  2. Your sweet example did strike home and we often push, shove and pull to no avail because we failed to ask Jesus to come along for the ride. Thank you for sharing here at "Tell me a Story."

  3. Such a wonderful analogy! Thanks for sharing. Abundant blessings!

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