Join me won’t you on this little adventure I had a couple weeks ago. Beautiful day, beautiful part of the state (Winthrop) and we are with great friends getting ready to float the Methow River.
I personally have never floated the river, and never really had much of a desire for it. I would rather fly-fish the river, which I did, and caught (up to that point) zero! Not my fault, river was low and the timing was bad (it’s never the fisherman’s fault, truth). As we are ready to launch into the river, we decide that Dylan and I would be in the raft. Our friends mentioned they have had this blow up raft for 15 years and it’s floated down this river many many times. A great piece of equipment for a couple unsure rookies of the river.
We started down the river, and things were going great. Warm sun, floating like champs, got my favorite Willie Nelson song playing on the iPhone, life was good…until.
Everything happened so fast, the river hit a current, it was going fast, and a rock, a big rock, the size of a small mountain was quickly approaching. Dylan and I, rowing our little hearts out just couldn’t turn away fast enough…it was too late. Crash!
Praise the Lord we stayed upright, but that 15 year old standby perfect raft of our friends had no chance with us in control. We cut that thing like it was paper, losing air, we got the side, surviving just barely with our lives.
We all gather ourselves, staring at the raft, unfixable (they simply don’t make patches that big), while our friends are probably reminiscing of all the fun they had on it, now gone…all gone.
Colossians 3:13 -Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
The Bible says a lot about forgiveness. We are to “slow to anger” and forgive as the Lord has forgiven us.
Not an easy thing when we are hurt, offended or wronged. One of the things God has been speaking to me lately is “Slow to anger”. Look at James 1:9, Proverbs 15:18, Proverbs 16:32, Proverbs 19:11 or Titus 1:7. The Bible is clear, our self-control of our emotions are important to God.
Not sure if it’s wrong to feel those things, but I know it becomes sin when our inward feelings of frustration manifest on the outside in our actions. It’s a poor witness, and we can unnecessarily hurt others.
“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty….”
I’m thankful for good and forgiving friends! They were quick to forgive, slow to anger, and will probably never allow me to use their equipment again! 15 years…they had a good run.