I was squirrel hunting around the lake with my son, Rembo, this past season when we got into a little discussion on his ability to do things for himself. We made a stealthy approach into squirrel country by kayak earlier in the morning and killed a few squirrels along the lake before making plans to head back to camp for breakfast. As we made our way back down to the kayak, Rembo shared with me that he felt like he needed to sit in the captain's chair and run the boat back to camp as opposed to sitting in the back of the yak on a bucket. He was hungry and tired of walking, and he let his frustration get the best of him. "I don't want to sit on the bucket!" he said as we started to load gear into the boat. It was a classic struggle for power. It wasn't his first attempt to be the boss, and certainly hasn't been his last.
We had a stand-off as I took my seat in the boat, and he stood his ground on the bank. The words of the song sung by my red-headed friends, Katy and Penny of The Purple Hulls, came to mind. The chorus of the song goes, "If you can't walk on water, you better get in the boat!"
So that's what I told Rembo as he stood there on the bank...
If you can't walk on water - you better get in the boat!
I laugh at the memory now, but I also know that I'm really not that much different in my relationship with God. Far too often, I struggle with trying to push God off the throne and take the place as boss.
It never works.
He's the boss. He's on the throne. And he won't share the spot.
We can do it our way, or God's way.
But sooner or later, we'll learn the priceless lesson, if you can't walk on water, you better get in the boat.
Check out the song from my friends below....