Awhile back I wrote about the gift of ducks God gave to me when I was down in the valley of despair. Just the other day He used those same ducks to teach me a lesson. I noticed that when they landed they began to float downstream towards a mini rapids of rough rocks. When they realized what was ahead of them they turned upstream and began to seeming float the other way. However, I’ve been down by the creek when the water was flowing as it was on this day and if something is floating it’s going downstream. I knew that underneath the water where I couldn’t see, the ducks webbed feet were paddling furiously. Above the water was calm and serene. Below the water was fast and furious.
A few days after this scene I read the following during my quiet time with God:
Just like my ducks I may be drifting towards the rocks of compromise, disobedience, superstition, lack of discipline, prayerlessness, and godlessness that will bruise and batter my soul. I become complacent in my spiritual journey as I ignore the warning signs and “slide toward godlessness.” All may seem well in my life, but there are rocks of danger ahead. Instead of continuing to drift I must, like the ducks, reverse course and use “grace-driven effort” to go against the flow of the world and “gravitate toward godliness.”
The disciplines D. A. Carson listed of godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord are necessary to enable us to paddle our way upstream to holiness. These are the ways we deepen our relationship with God and become more like Him. Drifting leads to bondage; grace-driven effort leads to freedom. I choose freedom.