Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
Make sure to check out the first two installments so this part makes sense. In Part 1, we shared how Lee came to the Lord. In Part 2, we shared about the conversation with Lee the day after he received the Lord. Now, we transition from the river, to the real world.
That word "distresses" in 2 Corinthians 12:10 literally means, "troubles, difficulties and challenges." How can a Grand Canyon River trip help us to take pleasure in troubles, difficulties, and challenges? Let me explain and I'll tie this all together.
After Lee and I had our conversation on the river I had the opportunity to share with Tom. I shared the analogies that I used to try and help Lee understand how he was a new creation. After hearing everything Tom looked at me and said, "Let me tell you how I train a boatman to run the river!" because the parallels are pretty amazing.
Here are the four points that Tom uses to teach anyone who wants to be the lead boatman. They must:
- Look for the starting point or the "tongue."
- Identify the obstacles.
- Plan your course.
- Find a point of reference, (a marker rock) to stay on track.
When Tom told me these I was amazed at how these four points apply to our spiritual lives as well. Let me explain how these can be used in dealing with troubles we all encounter.
[Read the rest of the article at Reasons for Hope.]