There are a few signs that give away a new paddleboarder. First of all, they have this unsteady, uneasy look about them. Secondly, they are either standing too upright or bent too far over. Thirdly, they are holding the paddle backwards.
You can’t blame them for holding the paddle backwards. The correct way of holding a paddle board paddle is counterintuitive. It looks wrong when you hold it the correct way. It doesn’t make sense. Even when you are told the correct way to hold the paddle it doesn’t really make sense because it is so counterintuitive. You pretty much just have to trust that the person who is correcting you knows what they are talking about. (and then you go home and watch multiple youtube videos just to make sure) Some people can’t get past the fact that it does not make sense and they continue to hold the paddle backwards.
It says in Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. If you think about it, the gospel is counterintuitive. It does not make sense. It does not make sense that God would ask His only son to die for us. It does not make sense that Jesus would so willingly do so. It does not make sense that we have been forgiven and set free and allowed to spend eternity with the Lord, despite what beautiful messes we are.
For those of us who trust this Good News we have been told, what was once counterintuitive now feels right. We can’t imagine life any other way. We are thankful that we are loved by a God that does not make sense to our natural way of thinking. The counterintuitive nature of our faith is what makes it so sweet and precious.
Yet there are still so many people in the world that want a god that makes sense. They want a god that fits into their natural mind. A god that believes what they believe. A god that bows down to them. A god that serves their needs, ideals, and allows everyone to do whatever they want. They refuse believe the Truth, and they will go through life holding their paddle backwards, working against themselves as they try to get to wherever it is they want to go.
I love this counterintuitive life! The fact that God does not always make sense to me gives me comfort. If I could make sense of God, if I could understand all that He is, if I could fully comprehend how much He loves us, He wouldn’t be big enough. I love the fact that I serve a God bigger than what even the biggest daydreamers such as myself can come up with. Don’t you?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for being such a big God. Thank you for having thoughts higher than my thoughts and ways higher than my ways. Thank you for the gift of faith. Thank you for saving me so I could live a blessed counterintuitive life with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Love, Grace, and a Life of Counterintuition To You All,