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Turbulent Waters

Before going out on the river, Wayne Greenawalt, from Illinois, spent several hours instructing teenage campers on how to maneuver a canoe through white water. When they launched their canoes, Wayne took the lead. He had navigated the river before and knew the safest course. They initially experienced calm waters and proceeded effortlessly. But around the first bend in the river, they encountered rapids. As Wayne proceeded through the raging water, he shouted instructions to the others: "Bow stroke! Draw! Rudder!" Following his commands, they all made it safely through the rapids.

Many sorrows come to the wicked, but abiding love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. So rejoice in him, all those who are his; and shout for joy, all those who try to obey him. Psalms 32: 8-11 (TLB)


Before going out on the river, Wayne Greenawalt, from Illinois, spent several hours instructing teenage campers on how to maneuver a canoe through white water. When they launched their canoes, Wayne took the lead. He had navigated the river before and knew the safest course. They initially experienced calm waters and proceeded effortleaaly. But around the first bend in the river, they encountered rapids. As Wayne proceeded through the raging water, he shouted instructions to the others: "Bow stroke! Draw! Rudder!" Following his commands, they all made it safely through the rapids.

Life has its white-water moments too. One moment we're floating serenely downstream; the next, we're trying to avoid capsizing, paddling furiously through turbulent waters, such trying times make us keenly aware of our need for a guide.

In Psalm 32:8, we read of God's promise to guide us. It is comforting to know that God, who loves us deeply, is watching over us: "The Lord's unfailing love surrounds the one who trust in him" (Psalm 32:10). As we trust in the Lord, we can be assured that God will guide us through all life's turbulent rapids.


Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your unfailing love and promise to watch over us. Help us to seek your guidance as we journey through life, in Jesus' name. Amen.


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