Stop right here, if you didn’t read part one of the story. It is in the blog from yesterday. Read it first so you can understand the surprise ending you’ll find below:
Considering our alternatives were limited, we did what we had to do. We quit complaining. We stopped fighting each other. Belinda started paddling again, and I paddled opposite her changing when she changed. We improved enough to steer in the general direction. Over time we began to catch up with the others. We wouldn’t win a prize for our tactics, but with two strong wills, we found a way to make it work. I started counting how many kayaks were ahead of us. Maybe if we made it a race it would be more fun. Belinda didn’t care about a race and wasn’t buying.
Since there was plenty of time, we did eventually catch and pass every kayak except one. I must admit that I was pretty proud when we caught that last wave and coasted onto the beach. The guide grabbed the front of our kayak to steady it so we could get out. Then the guide peered at us with an astonished look on his face and exclaimed, in all my years I’ve never seen that before! You traveled the whole trip going backwards! How did you do that?
Good question! No wonder it was so hard! Just so you know, both ends of the boat came to a point. Evidently, we were supposed to get in the kayak facing the shore. We didn’t know that!
When you push off backwards the first thing you do is turn toward the waves. We got into the kayak facing the waves and took off. I guess we should have listened to our guide more closely! Suddenly, the struggle for the last hour and one half made a lot more sense.
Maybe you know the feeling that life seems harder than it should be. Maybe you missed the details or someone else in your world isn’t cooperating. It isn’t unusual that what appears to be a rather simple and fun exercise of living instead turns into an unexpected ordeal.
What if you got it fundamentally backwards? What if you think you are supposed to be leading in life and in reality you were designed to follow?
It’s normal to live your life believing you were born to be in control. Isn’t life all about you? It is about having what you want and the freedom to do as you please—that’s what brings happiness. Isn’t that what we think from the cradle forward? The problem is that it doesn’t work so well in everyday life. Before long you find yourself arguing, competing, and complaining with others who believe the same thing—that it is all about them. And after you’ve both tried harder AND threatened to quit, you eventually come to the place where you are dead in the water.
I’m not the fastest or brightest student of life, or kayaking, but I’ve come to an astonishing discovery: I am made for more than that! And you are too. There is a better way! Life is better when you turn around and go the direction the Guide advises. You slice through the water. Steering is easier. Your efforts are more productive. You get along with others better. You can enjoy the journey.
In the book “backwards”we discover the benefit of living life, not backwards but as God designed. It is a life that is filled with on purpose living. This brings great adventure and amazing satisfaction.
You can find the book in the Resources section of this site. I’d love it if you’d join me on the journey.