It’s Hard to Cross a River in a Rowboat
When you don’t have any oars
If I have the gift of prophesy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2
Living life without God’s love in our hearts is like trying to cross a river in a rowboat without any oars. You might push off from shore with the best of intentions, but without those oars to propel you to the other side you will soon find yourself drifting with the current, away from where you wanted to go. Your destination is no longer in your control and there is no telling where you might wind up. You could wind up on the other side of the river, but far from where you need to be.
Without God’s love in our hearts, we tend to drift through life, winding up in places we really don’t want to be, trying to figure out how we got there and how we can get to the place we intended to go. And even when we discover our oars—God’s love—we sometimes paddle the wrong way and wind up somewhere we didn’t really want to be. The good news is that God’s love is a special set of oars. They come with a rope (grace) that He ties to your boat (your life) and He never lets go. No matter where we drift to, we can always get a firm grip on our oars (our love for God) and find our way back to Him.