You can definitely use your oars to guide you through the rough spots that the current has put you in, but if you use the oars too much you may miss an experience you need to have, one that will help you considerably.
Oh here we go... Wizard of Oz. Glenda tells Dorothy to stay on the yellow brick road and she'll be safe and get to the wizard. But no, she's goes off the road because her conscience (her faith) is guiding her, and that's how she ends up meeting the scarecrow, et al. If she hadn't done that, sure, she may have gotten to the wizard faster but she may not have learned her lesson or gotten home. Who would have helped her deal with the witch, etc?
Another way to look at it... I hate going to the dentist, but I know I have to go. so while he's doing horrific painful things in my mouth that are actually going to leave me in better shape I can at least pop an advil to mitigate some of the pain, but I still have to get that cavity filled for my own good.
Erin Pavlina, Intuitive Counselor
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