Last blog post I introduced the idea of our life journey being like rowing a row boat. If you missed it you can read it here.
Short recap: we are rowing a row boat like the guy in the photo above, back facing our future, only able to see what we have gone through in the past. Again, we aren’t necessarily fixated on the past, it is just all we can see and understand as we row through our lives.
Now, to me, that is mildly horrifying. While I sat in my Bible study, thinking about this analogy and how it applied to my life, I realized how scary the future could seem. How will I know if there are rapids coming up ahead of me? What if there is a fork in the river and I need to choose, but I can’t tell which one leads to a 100 foot waterfall and which one continues smoothly on? If I turn my head to worry about what’s coming, my rowing could get interrupted and that would send me sideways into a bank where I could get stuck in mud and sand. I realized how scary it was to travel alone on the river of life. Then it hit me: we don’t travel alone. The Lord says, “Follow Me.”
God has laid out our path and all we need to do is invite Him into our boat to show us the way. Look again at the photo above. If we invite God into our boat He would be seated directly across from us, looking at us and past us into the future where we cannot see. With the Lord as our passenger, all we need to do is keep our eyes on Him and He will tell us where to go. Proverbs 3:6 provides the most comforting rowing instructions, “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
There is no need for us to try to turn around in our boat and see the future for ourselves-God created us and the river and He knows just where we need to go. Once we invite Him into our boat, God instructs us all the way to the end of our lives – past all the twists and turns and rapids that lay ahead. If we keep our eyes locked on Him and trust His guidance, no water is too rough and no obstacle is too great. He can lead us through anything if we keep rowing with Him. In the same way, God has led Haven of Rest since 1943.
Just as individuals keep their eyes on God in their own boats, the staff at Haven of Rest strives to keep focused on Him in all we do at the Mission. Through His guidance, Haven of Rest has been blessed to be able to help homeless and hurting individuals and families in our community for the last 73 years. God is so faithful! Please pray that we continue to keep our eyes focused on Christ so that together we can follow the Lord on His path for the Mission for many more years to come.