Sometimes the simple things in life remind us that we need to get out of the way, go with the flow and trust God with the course of our life.
Our family just got back from a vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains where we spent a day tubing in Deep Creek, a rushing mountain creek filled with rocks. To have a fun ride and continue moving downstream, we had to to make sure that we stayed in the natural current. Seems simple, but if you got caught up on a rock it was difficult to get unstuck and back into the current again.
Learning to go with the flow of Deep Creek
I started to find myself looking downstream like it was some kind of video game. If I got too close to a rock I would kick off to propel myself away from getting stuck on it. It seemed like a logical tactic. But it was tiring and actually prevented me from getting back into the natural current. Instead of getting back in the flow, I just ricocheted back to another rock on the other side of the creek and got stuck there instead.
After a few trips down the creek, I figured out that my tactic was seriously flawed. Rather than being proactive and trying to take control of my path, I really needed to relax and go with the flow. It was easier and a lot more fun when I let the current take me where it naturally flowed. I got stuck much less often when I learned to relax and let the current do the work.
Learning to go with the flow of life
The lesson I learned in Deep Creek is a good metaphor for life. How often do we try to control every aspect of our lives? I know I do it too much.
I look as far ahead as I can see and try to control outcomes based on my limited wisdom and knowledge. Sometimes I get it right. But more often than not I spend far too much time worrying about outcomes and trying to control situations before they happen.
Deep Creek reminded me that I need to stop worrying so much and learn to go with the flow of God’s plan for my life.
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that God:
“…made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.”
God has a plan for our lives. It’s good to be reminded of that. We don’t need to navigate our lives all on our own, trying to anticipate and avoid every pitfall. Sometimes we need to stop struggling against that plan and learn how to just go with the flow.