This article originally appeared in the July 5th edition of the North Augusta Star and can be view at North Augusta Star Online
I grew up at the beach. Not figuratively speaking. I quite literally grew up at the beach. During warm seasons, we found any excuse to go spend a day on the crystal clear water and sugar white sand of the Gulf of Mexico.
I clearly remember stepping off the boardwalk and onto the sand to search for a place to lay down our blanket and hide our belongings. It’s “home base” for a day at the beach. After getting things settled, we would enter the water waving our arms with every intention of keeping ourselves aligned with our belongings on shore.
If you’ve had the pleasure of a dip in the water, you know that as soon as you enter it, you are at it's mercy. To float in the water is an exercise in being out of control. No matter how hard you try, the current will win and you will likely find yourself hundreds of feet from where you started. A long way from home base.
Everyone has good intentions for the most part. Most people you meet have the desire to live their life well. Maybe it's getting a good job, raising good kids or making the world a better place. Very few people live their lives void of ambition and no one reaches their goals without a few bumps and bruises.
Jeremiah 29:11 says "...I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future"
No matter how great our intentions or how well-thought out our plans, God’s plans are better. When we put our hope in people or things, we will be carried with the current and before we know it, we will find ourselves a long way from where we began.
In the same way that a beachgoer isn’t strong enough to withstand the movement of the ocean, you and I aren’t strong enough to avoid the dangers and pitfalls that exist in our lives. Great intentions aren’t enough to line us up with the plans that God has for us. We must let go and trust in Him.
Placing our trust in God’s perfect plan is also an exercise in being out of control. Rather than being swayed by every oncoming wave, we must submit to His will, stop waving our arms and fix our eyes on home base, trusting He will keep us there.