When I was little we used go out and visit my Aunt in Colorado. She lived in Escalante Canyon (very cool place to see.) My Aunt used to make us hike in order to work up a sweat in order to go swimming at the potholes. (Its all about working before playing you know) But another thing I can remember doing is having my Aunt drop us off up river and float down it on tubes because it ran right behind the house she lived in. I will go ahead and tell you that I am not a swimmer at all. I still wear a life jacket...in fact just bought a new one last year (and yes I am 28..lol.) I like the water and floating along is just fine with me but swimming to save my life is another story. So one time as we were floating down the river having a good time...my mom, dad, sister and me. It was all easy going and fun. We would just mess around in the water and get off the tubes sometimes. Very relaxing. My dad decided since the river just wrapped around the back of my Aunts house we would just get out there and walk back up to the house. Now a little side note is that behind the house on the river were rapids. My dad didn't seem to worried about that until of course we rolled around the bend on our tubes. They didn't seem that big until we were in them and they were taking us fast. Within minutes we were tumbling and trying to get to the bank. At 28 I only stand 4'11" so you can imagine how little I was back then. It wouldn't take much for me to go down and be taken on down river. But as quick as we were being pulled down both my parents were grabbing us and throwing us ahead of them toward the bank. They were behind us pushing and picking us up out of the rapids tossing us toward the bank. We all made it out fine. But for a few short minutes it was scary and we weren't expecting all that. It happened really fast. Needless to say the next time we floated down we got out of the river before that point!
But as I think back on that story my parents "Never cried "uncle"...they never gave up!" I think that is how God is with us. We often float down life's river just taking it easy and enjoying the ride. Sometimes we don't even have a care in the world but eventually we hit some rapids. The rapids could be multiple things that life will throw our way. It is during those times that we feel God throwing us toward the bank..."Never crying "uncle"....and never giving up on us!" That is how he works. God scoops us up in His hands and just keeps throwing us ahead of Him to get us out of the rapids to the bank!
I am thankful that he "never cries "uncle" and never gives up" on me. Because there are a lot of times when I felt like He should but it wasn't Him giving up on me...it was me giving up on Him! So in the same way that God is "never crying "uncle" and never giving up" on us...we should "never cry "uncle" and never give up" on God! Philippians 3:14-16 (The Message) says: "I am not saying that I have this all together, that I have made it. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who had so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward-to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back. Philippians 3:14 (NIV) says: "I press on toward the goal to win the prize which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
So my Cowgirl Gospel advice: "Never Cry "Uncle"...Never Give Up!" Keep pressing on toward the goal to win the prize....this God business is a never ending journey. We are constantly being molded and shaped by him. But during those times when we hit the rapids don't throw in the towel. God is always reaching for us and throwing us toward the bank of safety in Him!