Tim Pettey photo/Special to the Daily Sun News
Pastor Tim Pettey says it is okay to rest the paddle across one’s lap and rest, like his friend enjoying Trillium Lake, near Mount Hood in Central Oregon.
As of Friday, July 1, 2016
Larry, my summer intern that year, talked me into a whitewater rafting trip to launch the summer for our students.
It was my first summer in my first “real” ministry position and I had never even been rafting; but Larry had spent two summers as a guide for a rafting company on the Kern River in California.
I was in the first group and Larry gave us our instructions. The one that stuck in my mind was, “If I say paddle; paddle as hard as you can until I say stop!”
When we got to the scariest rapid of the trip Larry yelled, “Paddle!”
And I’ve been paddling ever since.
Recently I entered a new season in my life. Now the paddle is across my lap. I can finally enjoy the view around me. The sun is on my face.
The water is smooth and glassy. The mountains around me are majestic. I finally heard Jesus’ still, quiet voice whisper, “stop paddling and rest.”
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Matthew 11:28 The Message
My prayer for this summer is that you will stop paddling —feel the sun on your face — see the majestic beauty around you and rest!
Tim Pettey is pastor of Sunnyside First Baptist Church.