Remember Who Carries You and Me

“I have been the Lord your God ever since I brought you out of Egypt. You must acknowledge no God but me, for there is no other savior. I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land. But when you had eaten and were satisfied, you became proud and forgot me.” Hosea 13:4-6 NLT
I'll never forget the time my son and I got swept out to sea in a dinghy. We'd been so busy paddling, and chatting, saying to each other how easy it was to row. Suddenly we realised we were uncomfortably far out and, kind of in the the main shipping line! We turned our tiny little rubber boat around and stared rowing back, thinking in our over-confidence that it would be as quick and easy to to get back to the beach as it had been to get to where we were now. We rowed, and rowed, and rowed. After about 15 minutes I looked over at the line of rocks in the distance, parallel with us and could have wept. We literally had not moved! We were rowing against the tide. I decided we should get out of the boat and swim, pulling it behind us. We tried this for around 10 minutes and found the same problem – we were just treading water. Then, just as we were becoming exhausted and more than a little afraid, a man arrived on a jet ski and towed us
Why was it that we made it so far out with such ease but coming back we just could not make any progress? We had underestimated the strength of the current, but it was that current that had actually carried us out so far, not our feeble, inexperienced attempts at rowing. And then when we had seen what progress we were making, so quickly, we had become cocky and over-confident.
Sometimes, in our relationship with God something similar can happen. Going with God's flow and being carried by him can cause us to believe we’re stronger than we actually are. When life is easy, our minds tell us that our own strength and effort got us here. We become proud and self-confident. Then we run into trouble and we realise just how little strength we actually have and how helpless we are.
Deuteronomy 8:11-20
May we always remember how far our Faithful God has brought us and in whose strength we have got to where we are.
Jill McIlreavy 💜

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2 comments

    • Aw thanks David. I love how God takes our mess-ups in life and turns them into parables. When we’re going through it, at the time, we don’t think ‘oh gee, I could learn from this’ do we?… but hindsight can be great for revealing the evidence of God working everything together for our good 😊

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