Breaking Free – Jailbreak

This will be my first attempt to write some of my thoughts for the “world” to read.   Sometimes the thoughts are fleeting, while others resonate in a way that I am blown away by. 

I’ll warn, that I’m ADD, which is probably why some thoughts are fleeting.  LOL!  But I hope that I can make sense of that which needs to be shared.

Last weekend, I participated in an event, called “run the jailbreak”.  You can find more info at www.runthejailbreak.com.  When I signed up for this event back in May, I did so with the intent of staying motivated to continue going to the gym and being in shape as well as prepared for this day.  As life would have it, my plan wasn’t the plan that God had laid out for me. 

This same weekend, was about the 2.5 week point of a Bible Study, Breaking Free by Beth Moore.  I signed up to take a friend because I thought that she “needed” to be in a room filled with women who she could gather a new perspective of what life is like when you’re enjoying the Lord.  Well, again, as life would have it she couldn’t commit and my plan didn’t turn out the way I thought.  Now, I’m learning that I needed this study more than I originally expected! 

As I started the “run” I was surrounded my many.  I quickly fell behind and thought, I will finish this if it “kills” me.  I told a friend to run on and not to wait on me.  She had been training and I didn’t want to hold her back.  This race took us 3.8 miles through some unusual terrain.  Alot of mud, water, wooded area, open fields, over obstacles, climbing hills on tires, etc.  A couple of times I waded through water that was chest high.  It was quite interesting to say the least.  Am I ready to do it again, YES!  Although I was behind my friends and daughter by about 20 min, I was ok just trekking along slowly.  Some of what I saw was mud that had been there for what seemed like days.  I assume that it wasn’t “planted” but that the area just never dries out.  Because there isn’t any water moving through to “wash” it clean, there was an odor and mosquitoes were thick.  Again, I’ll say that in spite of the “nasty”, I learned some things that were completely unexpected. 

At this same point in the Breaking Free study, Beth talks about having peace.  The Bible talks about having peace like a river.   “It doesn’t say that we’ll have peace like a pond”.  We have to keep moving or else we’ll get stuck in the muck and we too will have an “odor”.  You see, I spent a lot of my time growing up on the river with my granddad.  He was a commercial fisherman and taught me alot about that trade.  I also remember hearing stories of white water rafting from Richard (my husband) when he would go with a group of men to various places.  While rafting, you have a guide that instructs on what you need to do.  He does so prior to getting into the boat and while on the boat.  Both men, my grandad and Richard, shared how there are times when the water is rough and you have to ride it out.  I took that to mean that riding it out doesn’t mean that you plant your feet (if you could reach the bottom) and wait for the trouble to pass.  No, I took that to mean that you ride the waves to the next place in the river.  Beth says ” to have peace like a river is to have security and tranquility of heart and mind while meeting many bumps and unexpected turns on life’s journey through change.  Peace is submission to a trustworthy Authority, not resignation from all activity”.

Sometimes, life takes us places that we didn’t plan.  No matter how good of a planner you are, if you are a child of God he may have other plans for you.  We were all created to fulfill a purpose of His, not ours.  I have certainly ridden many waves through many rivers over the years.  This summer has been a ride that I would never have asked for.  However, it has been one where God has shown himself in a MIGHTY MIGHTY way!  I plan to keep riding the wave until He places me where He wants me.  I’m not sure where that is, but I have peace like a river through this journey. 

The jailbreak was fun, but I sure wouldn’t want to still be in that mud.  Keep the water of life flowing so that you don’t become stuck. I want to encourage you to live life to the fullest.  Ride The Wave and see where God leads.

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One Comment on “Breaking Free – Jailbreak”

  1. Mom Says:

    Awesome words. I enjoyed reading.


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