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Trust the Guide

I’ll never forget the terror I felt as the old, repurposed school bus rumbled down a dirt road towards the Rio Grande River. I was seven-years-old and about to go white water rafting for the first time.

The guide had just finished giving us the safety instructions, warning us, basically, that if we didn’t do as he said and follow his lead, we could die.

My little mind heard a definitive, “You will die.”

I innocently thought my life was about to come to an early end. I tried to hide my tears but I failed.

My dad, seeing the panic in my eyes, put his arm around me and said, “There is nothing to be afraid of. He’s been down this river a thousand times. He knows every bend and boulder. He knows how to navigate even the strongest rapids. All you have to do is trust him enough to follow his lead. If you do, this will be the adventure of a lifetime.”

It’s been decades since that rafting trip, but I’ve often felt like I was sitting on that bus again, paralyzed by what is to come. I don’t know what lies ahead. I don’t know the bends my life will take and I don’t know where jagged rocks and crushing boulders have settled just below the surface. I don’t know how to navigate the rapids.

But I have a Guide who does.

So do you.

Jesus has gone before you. He’s been down this river, crossed this road, descended this valley, conquered this mountain.

He knows you and loves you. He protects you and guides you. You can trust Him because He knows the way. You can follow Him because He is committed to bringing you safely through.

Where do you need to trust Him right now? What are you facing that seems insurmountable?

You are never alone. You have a trustworthy Guide. So, trust Him.

If you do, I promise it will be the adventure of a lifetime.

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