Is Your Life Like A River Or Canal?



Do you have a certain destination or purpose in mind for your life?

Don’t make the critical mistake of only taking life as it comes, with no real plan or idea of why you are here or what you are supposed to do to make life meaningful. Don’t let your plans change with the wind or run off in a different direction each time something new and shiny comes along that looks better than what you have now.

Have you ever noticed how a river usually takes the path of least resistance? If it has to snake its way around a mountain it doesn’t care if it goes several miles out of the way. It is just carving out a path where the land gives the least resistance.

When we took a vacation to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, USA, I noticed that many of the roads ran right beside the river, so they turned and twisted in the same fashion. In some places you almost got dizzy from going around so many sharp curves in succession.

If you don’t make your life intentional, you will end up being like the river, going in whatever direction is the easiest. At a Water Park I’ve been to several times, there is something called the “Lazy River.” Basically it is only about 7 or 8 feet wide, but goes in a huge circle almost around the whole water park. It has small currents in the water that keep you moving slowly around it. You just get on the float and lay there for hours resting and letting the current carry you where it will.


That sort of reminds me of how easy it is to go through life in the “react” mode to whatever comes our way – just treading water – until one day we look back and regret that we didn’t do things differently.


On the other hand, a canal was dug for a specific reason. It was dug as straight as possible because it was a thoroughfare for traffic to get quickly from one destination to another. So if there was a hard rock, or large stone in the way, they were worked on until they were removed and no longer an obstacle.

The person digging the canal had a specific plan from the start, so it was not as easy to let hindrances, whether large or small, get in the way of finishing it.

God always has a plan for you to go the way of the canal, not the river. He has an awesome plan for your life. You can’t see all the obstacles you will face in the days and years ahead, but God can see with perfect sight your ending point. We usually don’t like to rock the boat, and love to maneuver in and around the hard objects, but God wants us to face them head on until they are crushed and removed from our path.

God does not want you to miss His Best. What he tells you to do may not be easy, but you definitely can do it with His Supernatural Power giving you direction and guidance. Don’t allow Satan to cause you to settle for anything less than walking in the supernatural power and anointing of God for everything you do.

Once you experience the awesomeness of God working in your life, going back to the way you used to do things will seem very boring, mundane and without purpose.

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This post written by Cathy Deaton.

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My name is Cathy Deaton, Owner of Fan the Flame Ministries. God has radically changed my life, and He has shown me that I am to share the awesome things I am learning with the Millennial Generation (1981 – 1996), but I love connecting with Christians of all ages.  I have found that the Holy Spirit is an awesome teacher when I listen to, obey, and apply what He teaches to my life. You truly can make a difference for God in an uncertain world.