Treading Water

Treading Water

I watched anxiously as my breathless five-year-old desperately tread water in the deep end of the pool. Her body was furiously fighting to stay vertical. Unwittingly, my inner swim coach took control of the situation.

With reassurance, I encouraged my struggling daughter to do something unnatural. She had to submerge herself in the very thing she was fighting against.  The only way for her to get to the side of the pool was to go under, get horizontal and START KICKING. After a few moments of hesitation she finally followed my instruction. A confident smile swelled under her goggled-eyes! She made it to the other side!

I wonder how often God feels like that swim coach/parent on the side of the pool. The Abba Father wants to jump in and rescue us from the deep waters we have found ourselves in. Yet the Holy Spirit, our guide, stands on the edge instructing us on how to persevere.

Are you trending water?  Are you stuck in a situation? Do you feel like your relationship with the Lord is stagnant? Do you feel like you are struggling to hold on?

My daughter knew how to swim but in that moment of crisis she forgot her training. Exhaustion and crisis may have paralyzed you for the moment but don’t forget your training!

SUBMERGE: Submerge yourself in the word of God!

GET HORIZONTAL: Get on your face before the Lord and PRAY!

START KICKING: Do something to move out of that situation. Kicking could mean seeking Godly council, journaling, distancing yourself from unhealthy relationships, etc. Simply take action; don’t remain stagnant.

LISTEN TO YOUR COACH’S VOICE: The Holy Spirit will guide you to the other side!

You will make it to the other side! Joy will overwhelm your soul as you look back and see just how far you swam. Keep kicking! You are getting closer.


Related Scripture:

Romans 5:3-5 says, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”