float where your tube floats
Good morning, people!
A few little nuggets:
- If you need some new music for your Tuesday, Ben Rector and Nichole Nordeman both released new albums last week--and they are both SO great. I thought everyone knew this--hello--but it was brand new information for my roommate last night and I need everyone to know this stuff.
One day for work this summer, we loaded up a whole bunch of students and went to Schlitterbahn in Galveston for one last dreamy day of summer. If you've never been to Schlitterbahn or have never heard of it, let me break it down for you:
You get in a tube. You float in the tube. If your tube floats into water rapids or a water slide or whatever--you go with it. You float where your tube floats. Some people aim for the rapids or slides or whatever, but that stresses me out; and I don't think you should be stressed out when you're floating in a tube in a giant pool in the sunshine in the last days of summer.
My little group took to the Lazy River. (Though this river is not exactly lazy. I got a giant bruise on my knee earlier in the summer from getting slammed against the wall in said "lazy" river.) We floated the day away and in one section of rapids, my tube bumped into someone else's and I turned to say a quick "So sorry!"
When I turned, I saw the sweetest little lady in a floral swimsuit and a giant floppy hat on top of her gray hair. I said my "So sorry!" and she giggled and tossed her head back, shaking her head.
"As if you have any control," she said with another laugh and then floated away.
I couldn't shake her little giggled wisdom. I couldn't that day. I can't still. As if I have any control.
Right. Because I have none. Control, that is.
I have plans. I have expectations. I have ideas and a long list of want-tos and hope-sos, but control isn't mine to have. It's only the Lord's.
When I remember that (because I don't always), it's so much easier to float. It's so freeing and stressless to relax in His grip and rest in His control.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
Proverbs 19:21 ESV
Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 HCSB
For today, let me be the little lady in the floral swimsuit and the big floppy hat (that would be so great) and hear me: As if you have any control.
Just float where your tube floats.
Go where God goes.