Lessons From Myra Canyon

By Pastor Mikel

This fall, the SBC Youth went on an adventure to Myra Canyon, which is an outdoor ropes course in Kelowna. We all had a great time and many laughs were shared, some at my expense (see video above!). The kids found it particularly humorous to watch me encourage them in these climbing feats and then attempt them myself. Needless to say, it looks easier than it is. There was one particular challenge that seemed quite simple – however, once I got started I realized how difficult it was going to be. And despite my willingness, gravity, as always, had the last word. Fortunately, each challenge had a net to catch you if you fell.

I have reflected on that and thought of how many times I have attempted to make things happen on my own. It is way too easy to fall back into well-tried ruts of self-determination. Yet, that old path is contrary to the path of Jesus. Time and time again I read about Jesus modelling a life of rest. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28: “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

I want to know that rest. I asked Jesus “Why don’t I feel that rest?” And He said, “Because you are trying to do it on your own.” How often do we forget that we are not on our own and that the Lord of creation is willing and able to dispense everything that we need to do what he’s asked of us? Rather than trying to make things happen on my own, it is always best to rest in Christ and trust in the presence of the Holy Spirit to empower me to do what He’s called me to.

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