Just this past weekend, I completed the "Escape from Alcatraz" triathlon in San Francisco.  It was a great time and a wonderful accomplishment.  One of my most vivid memories of the event was on the boat just prior to jumping into the cold ocean water.  From this point, about 200 yards from Alcatraz, I could see my destination, about 1.5 miles away.  However, due to the currents, we had been instructed to swim toward two towers about half a mile left of our destination.  The strong currents would add in our swim, and ensure we didn't miss our target.

As I watched the first wave of swimmers, the pros, leave the boat, I noticed that they were on a direct line to the beach (or exit point).  It would have been easy to follow my heart (and them) and proceed directly for the beach, after all I consider myself a fairly strong swimmer.  But that would have been the wrong move.  As strong of swimmer as I might be, I have no business following pros, and disregarding the instruction of our guides.  Many athlete's tried that day, and ended up missing the beach, and swimming an additional 1/2 mile to the destination.  Instead, I follow the direction given to me, and landed on the beach safe and sound.

God's Word gives us very clear and precise direction on how to live.  The Bible is our guide to a life focused on both the journey and the destination.  However, we can be tempted to follow our own instincts, or that of others, disregarding what was meant for our own good and well-being.   I am guilty many times of following my own way, only to create more work and difficulty than my Creator planned.  My constant goal should be to disregard myself, and focus on the words of my guide, the Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."

6 comments (Add your own)

1. Jennie wrote:
Groan....I've followed my own way far too many times and have definitely missed the mark each time! Creates such havoc in my life! I pray that I will listen and heed the clear instructions of God without wavering from now on. In my quiet time yesterday, after a tearful struggle, I realized that I just have to do the right thing each moment of each day and trust my future to God. He loves me. He cares for me. And He has a beautiful plan, if I'll just follow. I know, without question, it will all work out for my best and His glory IF I follow in this way.

Fri, June 15, 2012 @ 8:15 AM

2. Nancy Wadlow wrote:
I'm finding that keeping your eyes on Jesus is the bottom line for all situations. Whatever you are going through or in whatever circumstance you find yourself, if your eyes are on Him, the outcome is one in which you can rest and find contentment. His is my peace!

Fri, June 15, 2012 @ 9:36 AM

3. wrote:
I really enjoyed reading this! I know how easy it is to follow our own instincts in life rather than listening to the directions God has given us. Plus... it was encouraging to read you completed a Triathlon! I just decided a couple of weeks ago to learn how to swim and possibly do a sprint triathlon 2 months from now. There are a few people that think I am crazy, seeing as I currnetly do not know how to swim, but I know I can do it. Just 2 months ago I couldn't run a 5k either but I can now run one in just over 30 minutes! Thank you always for your encouraging words, many times they speak to me so personally as the one you wrote today!

Fri, June 15, 2012 @ 10:40 AM

4. Melinda wrote:
You don't have to be a great swimmer. You shuold at least be able to float in the water while wearing a life jacket without panicking. If you're going with a reputable guide, they'll make sure to keep you away from areas that are too rough (even if it means having to cancel the trip). So capsizing won't be too likely, and the guide shuold be able to deal with it if it does happen.As for sharks, don't worry about them. They're generally not interested in humans. They're especially not interested in humans in big kayaks.

Sun, July 8, 2012 @ 4:52 AM

5. Rob wrote:
I am not a coach but practice makes perefct. You should improve a lot with front crawl as your breathing becomes more natural. I think this is the key to alowing your body to relax which in turn improves streamlining and makes the stroke more economical. If you are doing triathon then I suppose you will wear a wetsuit.This wil help buoyancy. probably a silly thing to say as you are probably already doing it, but train in your wetsuit Your legs shouldnt be overworked and they should get a bit of a rest for the other parts of the triathon especially with a wetsuit I said I am not a coach but I think this is pretty straightforward but also useful and practical advice.

Sun, July 8, 2012 @ 6:35 AM

6. Judith wrote:
I can't believe you're not playing with mea-th-t was so helpful.

Wed, January 22, 2014 @ 12:50 AM

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