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Experience Hope Devotional

Refuse the Fast Lane

I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

— Psalm 63:6-8


Jenny had always loved white-water rafting with her family, but this trip almost turned deadly. One moment Jenny was safely tucked in her seat. The next moment she was launched out of her raft into the freezing current. The swift water stole her breath, and she couldn’t even scream for help. Her foot caught between two boulders, and when she tugged it free, the current whisked her away from her group.

Suddenly one of the boats from another rafting party slipped over her, forcing her under the water. It stopped above her, and she was stuck without air. Her lungs felt like they were going to explode. Immediately her mind went to thoughts of her family and the things she’d miss once she was gone. She would miss graduations, weddings and grandkids. She couldn’t bear the thought.

But Jenny had decided years before that her life was not her own. It belonged to God, and if He wanted to take her to heaven, she was ready to go. She could trust Him with her family.

At that moment of surrender, Jenny popped up from under the water and floated safely out of danger. Then her group appeared and pulled her into their raft. Back at camp, she reflected on her experience. She had almost panicked beneath the water, but God had been her comfort and her strength—no matter the outcome.

When life pushes us into the fast lane, it’s easy to drown in the cares of this world. We must choose wisely whom we will serve and make a conscious effort to grow in our walk with Him. When we call out to Jesus, we’ll find peace and joy in the rapids of life.


Today’s One Thing

Adjust your schedule today to spend quality time with God.