Once every so often, a new blog comes along that truly is worthy of one’s time in reading it and keeping it on one’s favorite list to return to again and again. My very best friend has started writing just such a blog. It is entitled “Canoeing with God”.
My friend, Nicole, is an exceptional writer as she is able to paint vivid scenes with her words and communicate her points seemingly without effort. She is a freelance journalist credited with myriads of published articles, essays, and even a documentary over the years.
On her latest project, Canoeing with God, her writing encompasses stories about life, and always how that life leads us to Christ. In some of her posts, she begins to tell her continuing story of her past and how, through many exceptionally difficult trials and tribulations, it lead her to find and develop a wonderful loving relationship with Christ.
In between those stories of her past challenges, she weaves in occasional stories of everyday challenges too. Always, she finds God in the ordinary, and not just the extraordinary events of life.
Nicole is a rarity in that she is very clear-eyed in how she sees the world, and yet she manages to do so, through God’s grace, with great optimism. All too often we tend to become cynical as we grow older, particularly when one has been through the various heartaches that Nicole has. And yet she finds the good in people and the love of Christ in all she does. It is an attitude that comes out in her marvelous writing.
When I first met Nicole, I noticed she had a tiny little model canoe adhered to the dashboard of her car. I asked her about the significance of the canoe, and she responded, “If you notice, there aren’t any paddles in it. God has them.” And so He does. And He leads her canoe wherever He chooses, just as He does for all of us. It is simply up to us to trust in Him as He leads us through both the calm, serene waters and the turbulent rapids of life. Nicole shares her journey in her wonderful new blog of precisely how she has done that thus far.
I would unabashedly like to give Nicole and her blog, Canoeing with God, my whole-hearted support and recommendation for all readers out there that have similarly traveled life’s difficult and beautiful streams. In other words, I recommend it to everyone!