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Lessons Learned From Tubing

on June 4, 2012

Our family went tubing up in Helen GA yesterday. It was the first time we had taken our children to do this and I have to admit I was a little nervous about how they would do. Especially the youngest.  Well they all loved it. Baby Girl’s only objection was that she couldn’t swim down the river by herself (did I mention she’s two and by myself is her favorite phrase?). Also, since they had never been before my husband and i thought it was best that we strapped one of the boys tubes to each of our tubes. My oldest who is 10 thought this was silly but he was overruled.   We had a great afternoon and everyone is ready to go back.  Afterwards we ate and talked about our adventure.  Everyone shared what they like and didn’t like about tubing (the biggest dislike was the fact that the water was freezing).  While we were talking my oldest said something that stuck in my head, “I was glad I was attached to you when the water was rough or when I got stuck on a rock, but when the water was calm I would have liked to be on my own”.

These words instantly shouted in my head, “This is how we are with God”. We know when we are in rough waters, when times are tough in our lives that we want God with us. When we are stuck on a rock and don’t know how to get off it and feel desperate we often cry out to God. But what about when we are floating along in the calm relaxing waters?  Where is our desire for God then?

Here’s the thing I realized while tubing yesterday. We don’t always know when the rough water is coming or where the rocks are until we are upon them. Many times yesterday we would get through one set of rocks or faster moving water and would come upon a section that was smooth and peaceful. I would lay back in my tube and allow myself to drift along. The next thing I knew we weren’t moving at all. We were stuck on a large rock with fast moving water all around us. It was up to me to get myself and my five year old unstuck and navigate the water. If I had been paying attention I probably could have avoided getting us stuck in the first place. I would have seen the rocks coming.

I have spent this spring is a wonderful  Bible study by Jennie Allen called Stuck. It’s all about where we get stuck in our lives and how God wants to set us free from those places. She ended the study with us reading John 15:1- 17. This is where Jesus talks about him being the vine and us being the branches. We are told over and over in this passage to remain or abide in him.  Not to just call out for him when times are hard. when we feel stuck and the water is moving quickly around us. When we remain in his love I think we are more likely to see the rocks that are coming. The rocks don’t go away the water is not always smooth but we are less likely to get stuck.

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey me you remain in my love, just as I obey the Father and remain in his love.” John 15:9





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