Surfing sounds cool, but I lack the talent. Water skiing? Nope. I did however enjoy the beauty of skimming across the water after going down a long slide. It was awesome. So, I’ll stick to what I know, water slides. My oldest and I enjoyed a water slide park. After hauling a 40 ton raft up to the next adventure, we were told it was the wrong one. Hauling what then felt like an 80 ton raft, we went down the dark scary one. My kid was terrified. At the we were slammed with water and loved it. We were in the light. We survived and were so excited we carted our 40 pound raft up again in no time. Living for Jesus is like that.
Read 1 Timothy 1:14 and we see Paul using this beautiful word: Overflowing. What is interesting is how both faith and love come from Jesus. Accepting Jesus is like that, the rapids will carry us along in no time, and you will get drenched. This overflow is not a trickle, it’s not a steady stream. It’s the wildest water slide ever.
There are days when living for Jesus does not seem like a fun wild water slide. It feels like being stuck in a dark tunnel with no idea what is coming next. We feel trapped and we feel stuck. The hardest challenge for the Christian is to rest in the finished work of Jesus. Remember, we will get drenched. As we go through more challenges with Jesus we get more excited to see how he is going to use it, but we are none the less scared.
Of course there are always challenges that seem to deep or are too deep at this moment to get over. Remember, here is not home, heaven is! At the end of the water slide there is no more mourning and tears are gone. There is joy at the end of the ride. Fear, panic, pain, mistakes, are all gone at the end. The end of the story is not pain, it’s joy. Some, like my oldest, are not able to enjoy the ride. But for sure we are all able to enjoy the thrill of it being over.
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The reason those devoted to Jesus can jump into messy situations is they’ve been on the ride before. They developed the innate ability to trust God with not knowing the outcome. After going through a dark time, then weight of going through it again seems lighter. This takes time pursuing in pursuing Jesus. The story of Job is carries this concept a bit. It’s not the we enjoy difficult or challenging times. It’s that we learned that the overflow of the faith and love of Jesus Christ will do its work.