Sunday, August 7, 2011

Enjoy the Ride

Join me in welcoming our newest team member, Kristi Huseby.

In college, I took a camping class for a semester and one of the requirements for the class was a weekend backpacking trip in Northern Michigan.

We were told that we would do some rafting, as well as climb a tree a 100 feet up and then zip line across the river. Our guide told us that everyone was required to go across the zip line and that if we took too long, he would push us off the branch!

Our guide had brought along his 9 year old son and when it came time for him to climb up the tree he made it about half-way up and then began to have a meltdown. He refused to budge, he was stuck.

I watched as his father (our rough, tough, “push you off the branch” guide) climbed up the tree to his son. He talked with him for quite a while before he began to help him step by step climb down to the bottom of the tree.

I remember being quite surprised that he had helped him climb down rather than making him climb up to the top where the zip line was. I thought, “Wow, this should be interesting to see what he does!"

Our guide proceeded to put his son on his shoulders and carry him across the river. The river was quite full from the melted snow and was running at a good clip. We held our breath as he slipped on the rocks and worked against the current to carry his son across. What I will never forget was the sight of that boy on his daddy’s shoulders. All the fear was gone from his face, he was smiling and laughing and waving at us as he rode on his father’s strong shoulders across the river. He had not a care in the world!

As I watched that beautiful picture of a father’s great love for his son and the son’s complete and unwavering trust in his father, I thought, “God, is that the way you want me to live? To trust You even though the river is rushing and the water is cold. Even when my situation seems impossible and the future is daunting, do you want me to trust you like that little boy? Do you want me climb up on your shoulders and enjoy the ride?!”

Look at how the writer of Galatians describes our relationship with God once we are His.
You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, "Abba! Father!" Doesn't that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you're also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance. Galatians 4:6-7 (The Message)

Do you trust your Abba Father? Are you enjoying the journey or are just enduring? Do you find yourself running away or refusing to budge? Or are you just barely staying afloat?

Your Abba Father stands ready and waiting. Climb up on His shoulders and let Him carry you in whatever “river” you are wading through and most of all enjoy the ride! Because you have nothing to fear when you are on the shoulders of the One who willingly sacrificed His most treasured possession for you!

Blessed be the Lord, Who bears our burdens and carries us day by day, even the God who is our salvation! Selah! ~Psalm 68:19 (Amplified Bible)

~Kristi Huseby

15 comments:

  1. Welcome to JoE, Kristi! (SO glad I talked you into it ;)). What a great reminder of God's love for us as His children!

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  2. Oh wow! What a beautiful picture. I was impressed with the father's attitude toward his son - knowing the frailty of his son, he didn't scold him or force the child to go beyond his ability, but willingly endured the cold and danger to carry him safely over.

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  3. I love this analogy of God's love. The visual of climbing on His shoulder and enjoy the ride--WOW! Thanks for inspiring my day! And WELCOME to JoE, Kristi!

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  4. Thanks for the encouragment, you all! I'm glad to be part of the team. I hope that you will see God in a new and different way.

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  5. I am so glad he didn't terrorize his son - did all the rest of you do the zip line? I would have had a cardiac arrest! This piece really grabbed me (obviously) and my tiny fear of heights and not having my feet on "terra firma" God's shoulders - that's a good place to be - like the FOUND lamb!

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  6. What a great picture! Now if I could just picture me on His shoulders laughing and enjoying the ride instead of holding on tight with my eyes squinched shut fearing for my life. Thank you so much for this message of hope and encouragement! I think my picture will change now. :)

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  7. I hate to sound like everyone else, but they are right. The photo is gorgeous, and the analogy is wonderful. Loved the mental picture of the father carrying his son across the river. Thank you for this very encouraging post.

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  8. I for one want to enjoy the journey--and thanks for reminding me that I can!!! Love those verses in Galatians:). Welcome aboard, Kristi!

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  9. Welcome, Kristi!
    Loved the analogy and visual...we live in Indiana and frequently visit Michigan~it's spectacular for scenery and shoreline beauty!
    JoE is blessed to have you as a member!! :)

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  10. Welcome, Kristi,
    I love your illustration of God's love. I'm so glad to be His child.

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  11. Thanks you all for such a warm welcome and I'm glad God uses life to teach us things about Him.

    And yes, I did the whole zip line thing and loved it!

    Kristi

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  12. Great analogy and glad he did not force the little guy to do what the others were doing. God won't force us to do things we're not yet mature enough to handle!

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  13. What a visual, Kristi. Carried on His shoulders through the high waters. Wow. Thanks.

    And welcome to JoE. Good to have you with us!! =]

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  14. Kristi, welcome to JoE. This is a great post. I enjoyed the picture you created of God's care for us. I'm saving this in my favorites folder. :-)

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  15. What a picture that must have been. You did a great job of drawing us in for a look-see. It truly is a picture of our Father carrying us and helping us enjoy the trip as much as this little guy did. Welcome of JoE :) Great writing.

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