Rafting on the American River (above).
DayBreaks for 6/01/17: Run to the Rock!
From the DayBreaks archive, May 2007:
Psalms 61:2 (NIV) – From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
On the 19th of this month, I had a new experience: I went white-water rafting with some other fellows from our church. We were on the South Fork of the American River, above Sacramento. It was a LOT of fun! The water flow was high and rapid and it was a great time of fellowship and fun.
Before we began our white-water adventure, the guides went though a great deal of instruction in order to be sure we’d be as safe as possible. We received directions about how to get someone back into the boat in case they fell out, about what to do with your feet if you fell out (keep them up, not down as they could catch between rocks and you’d be pulled under!), and what we were to do if the float raft slammed up against a rock.
Now, it is rather counter-intuitive, but if you see your boat being swept into a large rock, what would your first reaction be? Most people would instinctively move away from the side of the boat that will be struck by the rock. They want to get as far away as possible from the edge that will soon be kissing granite! Makes sense, doesn’t it? But it’s the wrong thing to do. Instead, everyone was instructed that if it happened, the thing to remember was this: run to the rock. With all the weight on the high side of the boat, it won’t flip over, but if everyone went to the side below the rock, it would surely tip and everyone would be overboard.
It struck us that we should “run to the rock” because it has obvious spiritual parallels. Jesus, we are told, is the Rock. He is the one to whom we should run for safety. It may not be intuitive, in fact, we may be tempted to run to things we can see, taste, hear, smell or touch instead of a God Who is a Spirit. But in times of trouble, if we want our little boat to stay afloat and not get dumped out into the swirling waters of life, remember: “Run to the Rock!”
PRAYER: Lord, help us to remember that there is no place that is safer than to be as close to You as possible. Give us the wisdom, and the spiritual insight, to run to the rock! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>