Monday, September 24, 2012

Life Lessons from a Dog in a Kayak
Sometimes God uses a dog to teach us basic life lessons.

We went kayaking last weekend at Table Rock and took our dog, Tommy. We’d been many times, but this was new for Tommy.  We got to the lake and Tommy splashed in the water along the shore, getting used to the water.  He smiled as he splashed, having a wonderful time. 
 We each got in a kayak and Tommy rode with Dad, sitting behind him. They paddled along enjoying the cool weather, the sky decorated with billowy clouds overhead. Lush green trees lined the shore.

Tommy decided he was bored so he got up to walk away. SPLASH!  He sank, having no idea what had happened. 

When he resurfaced, he panicked, until he figured out how to dog paddle.  He hurried over to Mom’s kayak and she held him next to the boat so he would calm down, realizing he was safe.
When Mom couldn’t pull him into her kayak, he paddled to Dad, who’d moved alongside.  Dad scooped him into his arms and put him safely in his kayak.

How often do we relax and decide to venture out a bit to try something new?  And end up in over our heads, not knowing how to get back? It can be scary.

When we turn back to our Father, desperate for help, He rescues us and scoops us into His arms to safety, glad we’re with Him again. And we can relax.  If we stay near Him, we can know He’ll keep us safe because he loves us.


Glenda Mills said...

Thanks Ellen for sharing your story and reminding us of the Father's love and faithfulness. Blessings to you.

Ellen Andersen said...

It's something we need to continually remember, especially in the midst of the busyness of our lives. Thanks for stopping by, Glenda.

Vonda Skelton said...

Great story and application, Ellen. And I love the photos! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Cathy Baker said...

This is one of my favorite posts from your blog, Ellen -- and that's saying something! :) The pictures, the application, the title -- Bravo!

Ellen Andersen said...

Thanks Vonda and Cathy. I appreciate you both.

Believer's Blog said...

I love this story about Tommy and his deep swim! Great imagery. I missed seeing you this past year at BRCWC. That might have been my fault. I wasn't as social as I normally am. I hope all is well with you. You have seriously made me want warm weather again and kayaking season, and since winter just began. I think I have a while to wait. :)

Ellen Andersen said...

Thanks Laura! It was a busy time last spring. My nephew graduated from high school, so I had to choose. Hope to be at BRMCWC this year.

I think you're right about having to wait for warm weather. That'll make it much sweeter when it does come.