“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21
It was a weekend camping trip along the Sandy River with our young family. We invited another family to join us. Being adventurous, our friends brought their canoe and we borrowed another for taking the kids on short excursions. Since it was summer, the River was low, with a few churning, but manageable rapids to make the journey exciting, but pleasant. Nothing to be too worried about. Until…..
My husband said it was my turn to join him for a double date. Our friends would take their canoe, and we would take the other.
I’ve never been one for thrills or risk-taking, so, this did not sit well with me, thus, making for a very unhappy camper. But, my husband persisted, and insisted….I went, and I grumbled extensively.
We hoisted the boat over our heads, and made the short trek to the River. Our friends, ahead of us, lowered their boat first. It was a slightly steep embankment, and their efforts went without a hitch…at first. Settling in, they launched and went with the current. In short order, only a few yards from shore, the River got the best of them. Their canoe toppled over, dumping the couple into the water.
Soaking wet, our friends did make it to dry land, just feet away. Disgruntled, and slightly frustrated they pulled their boat out of the water.
Needless to say, this fueled my doubts. I peered down the muddy slope and could only see the churning water beneath me. It really wasn’t so deep, or treacherous, but at the time, the waters were monumental in my mind.
My husband, gently coached me on lowering the canoe. Then, he began to explain how to step into the boat, keeping it stable. My position was to be in the front. Why, for Pete’s sake?? Ron continued his patient instructions as I steadied myself on bench, paddle across my lap. He seated himself in the rear. Before launching, in his typically quiet, instructive way, Ron told me to listen to his voice and he will direct me exactly on what to do next.
“Ready?” he asked, and, what else could I say, he pushed against the shore as I focused on the churning water.
“Now, paddle left, ok, now right….a little more, good!” Ron continued in this way until we overcame the ‘bumpy’ parts of our launch. Before long, it was smooth-sailing. Our friends waved as we passed and the rest is history.
This memorable experience truly humbled me. I knew this to be God’s gentle example of how he, too, whispers to guide my way. He is always there, I just don’t always listen. When I do, fear becomes a distant memory. Assurance becomes my confidence.
“This is the way, walk in it….”
And, so, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose, I find amazing things to be about. Here are just a few….
In these pages, stories are shared about encounters and adventures throughout a lifetime. A few of my particular favorites involve Perspectives on the World Christian Movement and the Starfish Project.
Some of our other favorite places where we spend time:
- FOCUS (Friends of Overseas Citizens and University Students)
- My Silver Cord
- Mission Connexion NW
- Senior care centers
- Refugees and more…
Grab a cup of tea, sit back and spend some time together…walking as He directs. You are most welcome to contribute to the conversation. I’d love to hear your story from your Best Years, Beyond My Borders, or even your Senior Moments.