Who is Your Adventure Guide by Jayde Gray

rapidsThe group was ready for an ADVENTURE! They had their life jackets on, helmets tightened, and oars in hand! The only thing left to do was to meet their river guide.

The river guides were mostly muscular, bearded men with olive colored skin and cheap sunglasses. As my friends grouped up and paired off with the guides, they noticed that “one of these guides was not like the others.”

The nervousness was palpable as the pale, thin young river guide introduced himself. With a bit of trepidation, my friends boarded the rubber raft … ready for an adventure?!?!

I’d like to tell you that the moral of this story is “Don’t judge a book by its cover” but it’s NOT!

On the very first set of rapids, the guide lost control of the raft and pinned it against a rock. My friends were thrown into the water. As they struggled to get back into the trapped vessel, the water from the rapids beat against the boat ferociously. Confusion and fear reigned while the group counted heads and assessed the situation. There was ONE missing!!!

Relief rushed over the crew when the missing member was finally spotted! She was sobbing and huddled on a rock a few feet away from the boat. Fear had completely paralyzed her.

Things were bad, and the inexperienced guide that put them in this dire situation had no idea how to rectify it.

Have you ever felt stuck between a rock and a hard place? Who or what guided you into that situation? Fear? Self-ambition? Misguided trust? Emotions? When we find ourselves striving rather than thriving, it may be because we followed the wrong guide into uncharted territory.

God wants us to step out into the unknown, but He doesn’t want us to do it alone. He has promised to be our Adventure Guide!

In Joshua 3, God promised to guide the Israelites to the promise land, but first they had to cross a raging river. God had a plan. He himself would lead them, but the people would have to walk forward by faith and follow Him.

“When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God … you are to move out from your position and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.”   Joshua 3:3-4

As the priests, carrying the ark of the covenant, faithfully set their feet in the Jordan river, the water stopped flowing and the nation of Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.

Unfortunately, my friends placed their trust in the wrong guide, and they did not have safe passage like the Israelites.

After much deliberation, the terrified crew finally figured out a way to free the raft, but the plan required my stranded friend to jump into the raft at a precise moment. With adrenaline pumping, they forced the vessel away from the rock … they looked up with anticipation at my friend … she couldn’t do it … fear anchored her to the rock.

A torrent of fear flooded their hearts as my friend and her slippery rock grew smaller and smaller in the distance. At last, a break in the rapids allowed them to bring the raft ashore and seek help for their abandoned friend. She was eventually rescued and everyone made it home safely, but the consequences of trusting the wrong guide were staggering.

When we chart our own course, things can go wrong, but when we choose to follow the will and leading of the Lord, He assures us that He has a plan to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future (Jer. 29:11). God knows the terrain, but better yet, He knows how to make a way when there is no way! Are you ready to follow the Lord into uncharted waters, to a place you have never been before? It is time to trust your Guide and walk confidently forward as He leads.

Back to the moral of the story … Life is an adventure, allow God to be your Guide!

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Meet Jayde Gray, the newest member of the FTGI team. Jayde worked for three years at Dayspring Academy in Administration and in the classroom. Her experience with events and systems are a blessing to our organization, and she is a writer which is an added bonus! Jayde lives in New Port Richey with her husband and two adorable little girls.

Jayde Gray

Jayde Gray’s superpower is her extraordinary amount of patience, which allows her to maintain calm for herself and her co-workers in otherwise stressful situations. Because of this, she has thrived in her career which has taken her from the elementary school classroom to Program Director at For the Girls International (FTGI). During her tenure at FTGI, she has overseen a variety of programs, but her heartbeat is their SHINE program. The goal of SHINE is to awaken teenage girls to their worth, strength, and purpose. Not only has Jayde helped develop this program from its infancy, she jumped in knee-deep, leading groups and mentoring girls in the program. Her passion is to see women and girls awaken to their purpose and live life to their fullest potential, and her role at FTGI allows her to live this out daily. When she’s not in the office, Jayde can be found in the kitchen cooking or outdoors exploring with her two daughters Lela, 10 and Claire, 7, and traveling with her husband Noah.

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