story & pictures by: Lisa Petrarca
I road my bike to the beach to spend some time writing, seeking a quiet, peaceful place on a 90 degree Monday in late September.
A group of kids came up next to me & sat on their surfboards in front of two instructors. They were learning how to surf today. After some practical instruction on form, they laid on their boards and practiced paddling.
Next they were shown the proper way to "pop up" on the board.
They continued to do this several times before two boys felt they were ready & left the crowd.
The rest of the kids moved to the waters edge to watch.
Once they felt confident, they all made their way into the water, the instructor close behind watching out for their safety and continuing to teach them as they put what they learned to the test.
Just like life, each day we embark on a new lesson. Some of us feel ready to jump in, while others need more time to prepare.
Whatever pace you're at, your teacher and instructor is right there with you, out in the "water" of life.
Take time in the morning to listen to your "teacher's" words through prayer & daily scripture study. You will then be ready to ride the waves of your day with confidence, knowing that if you wipe out, the Lord is right there with you, instructing and guiding your way through the rough waves of life!
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.